[7-11EchoStar]

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A boost the the local economy is on the way.
The nation's second largest satellite-TV providing is coming to the New River Valley and bringing 14-hundred news jobs with it.
Marya Jones has the story.
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EchoStar is dishing out the jobs in the New River Valley...and a projected 30-million dollars a year in local investment.
Company officials say they've already begun interviewing.
They'll hire 600 people immediately... and 14-hundred within a year.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D) 9TH DISTRICT: WHAT A GREAT DAY THIS IS FOR THE 9TH DISTRICT. THIS WILL ENRICH THE ECONOMY OF THE NRV AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THOUSANDS OF THE REGION'S RESIDENTS.))
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It's a job-growth victory that was hard-won.
EchoStar officials say the area was a tough sell because it had much lower unemployment than they wanted.
But a job fair in March that brought out two-thousand hopefuls helped seal the deal.
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((SORAYA CARTWRIGHT/ECHOSTAR: IF I WOULD HAVE LOOKED AT VIRGINIA ON PAPER, IT WOULD HAVE NEVER MADE IT TO THE TOP TWO CITIES BECAUSE OF UNEMPLOYMENT. THE BEST THING YOU DID WAS INVITE US HERE TO LET US SEE FOR OURSELF WHAT'S HERE.))
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[SU] ((MARYA JONES/NEWS 7: ECHOSTAR IS STILL CHOOSING BETWEEN LOCATIONS AT TWO CHRISTIANSBURG INDUSTRIAL PARKS. IT HOPES TO BEGIN CHOOSING IT'S NEW WORKFORCE AT JOB FAIRS ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY NEXT WEEK. MARYA JONES, NEWS 7.))
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Those job fairs will be held at the Montgomery County Enterprise Center in Christiansburg.
That's at 755 Roanoke Street... Tuesday and Thursday from 10 A-M to 7 P-M.
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[7-11Sat-TV]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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One area businessman believes the call center will translate into good news for Echostar's local customers.
Matt Whitcomb owns a Roanoke based business that sells, installs and services DISH programming in a 30- county area.
He recently visited the company's headquarters in Colorado and says he's convinced the new site will encourage the company to offer local programming to its customers in the Roanoke area.
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((MATT WHITCOMB/ACS PRESIDENT: THERE IS LIMITED CAPACITY TO DISTRIBUTE LOCAL SIGNALS BACK DOWN TO THE CUSTOMER BUT IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING WITH THIS CALL CENTER GOING IN CLOSE TO HOME THAT THE ROANOKE STATIONS ARE PROBABLY A SHOE IN WITHIN THE NEXT 30- TO 60- DAYS.))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Echostar is also getting involved in the Internet business.
The company has announced that it has joined forces with another company to provide high speed Internet service to its customers via the satellite.

[7Weather]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Here's a look at your Tuesday forecast.
Mostly cloudy today with scattered showers.
Highs in the mid 50s.
Tonight, blustery and colder with lows in the mid 30s.
The extended forecast...

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[45-11Reform-Party]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-01 TC1:19:55]
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Yesterday's decision by a federal judge in Lynchburg established who the Reform party leader is and gave the green light for a convention later this year.
But it may not be easy for members to reunite after a bitter court battle.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( Until Judge Norman K. Moon issued his 22-page ruling, there actually were two Reform Parties of America.
The party split last month during this out of control meeting in Nashville that saw Pat Choate replace Jack Gargan as party chairman.
Judge Moon ruled that "..the national committee meeting was valid and did not violate the party's constitution.." because proper notice was given and the delegates were properly credentialed.
Gargan's refusal to call that meeting to order was "an improper attempt to subvert the will" of the majority of the party.
Moon concluded that the "Reform Party will suffer irreparable injury if Gargan" and his supporters are not barred from representing the party.)) [Standup] ((Pat Choate says he would welcome Jack Gargan back to the Reform Party, but Gargan says he absolutely will NOT go back. He estimates as much as 80 percent of the Reform Party's membership will leave with him.. and a fourth political par
ty.. one headed up by Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura.. could be in their future. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.)

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[45-11Robb]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-57 TC1:31:33]
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Senator Chuck Robb brought his campaign to Roanoke yesterday.
He says he's in for a tough challenge, but he assured his supporters he knows how to fight.
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Robb rallied Roanoke Valley Democrats before taking his campaign kickoff to Richmond and Norfolk.
His Republican rival, former Governor George Allen, has raised twice as much money, but Robb says he isn't concerned.
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((SEN. CHUCK ROBB: I GOT OUTSPENT 15 MILLION DOLARS LAST TIME BY OLLIE NORTH. NOW THEIR CAMPAIGNS ARE SIMILAR IN SOME RESPECTS. AND HE'S CERTAINLY GOING TO OUTSPEND ME, AND I'VE SAID THAT FROM THE OUTSET, BUT IF YOUVE BEEN OUTSPENT BY 15 MILLION THE PROSPECT OF ABOUT HALF THAT AMOUNT IS NOT INTIMIDATING.))
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Robb emphasized his military service, his support for public education as Governor, and his search for bipartisan solutions to issues of national importance.
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[45-11Gilmore-Mother]


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[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-58 TC1:30:24 ]
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Although Governor Gilmore's mother passed away, he kept part of his schedule to maintain international diplomacy.

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Gilmore's mother died Thursday night.
Margaret K- Gilmore was 83 years old, and lived in Henrico County.
Because of her death, the Governor canceled the rest of his public schedule through Wednesday.
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But he went ahead with a previously scheduled Internet summit yesterday with Egyptian President Hosni (Moo-BAR-ick) Mubarak.
Mubarak was Gilmore's guest in northern Virginia to talk about how that area's "e-commerce" community could form partnerships with Egypt's growing Internet sector.

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Taking a moment to check the Tuesday forecast...
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers possible today.
Highs in the mid 50s.
Turning blustery and colder overnight with lows in the mid 30s.
Looking ahead to the next five days... highs mainly in the 60s with more showers possible on Friday.

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[8-11Gas-Prices]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kwe]
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[GRAPHIC=Gas Prices]


Motorists have their eyes on Vienna, Austria this week as OPEC meets to decide how much it'll increase oil production.
As Kate Weidaw tells us, the meeting may translate into lower gas prices.
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((You see the high prices for gasoline every where you drive. Bob Hunt and his family are from Texas but still have a ways to go before they reach their destination in Alaska.

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((BOB HUNT: FROM HERE TO PRICE RUPERT I HAVE 4000 MILES.))
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And his annual trip is costing him more then he ever expected.

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((BOB HUNT: I'M GOING TO BE PAYING A WHOLE LOT MORE BECAUSE THE FUEL'S A LOT HIGHER OTHER PLACES THEN IT IS HERE.))
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If the price of gasoline is getting you down -- then be thankful you're not overseas [CBS yesterday 21:21:05] where the price is about five dollars a gallon in Britain and close to four dollars in France, Italy, and Germany. [CBS TODAY 16:40:56] That's one reason the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is meeting in Vienna, Austria to reach an agreement on increasing production.
Oil traders expect OPEC ministers to increase production by up to two million barrels day. But experts question if that will really affect prices at the gas pump. Drivers are skeptical too.

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((TOM BARTNESS: THEY SAY THEY'RE GOING TO TURN MORE OIL SO THEY SAY THE PRICES ARE GOING TO COME DOWN, HA HA HA, YEH LIKELY STORY.))
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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: OPEC DID NOT REACH AN AGREEMENT YESTERDAY TO INCREASE OIL PRODUCTION, HOWEVER IF AND WHEN THEY DO IT COULD STILL BE SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS BEFORE WE SEE A DROP IN GAS PRICES. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
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[8-11Fulton-Truck]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-56 TC01:44]
[GRAPHIC=Business Closing]


After 60 years of business in Roanoke, Fulton Trucks Incorporated is closing its doors.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The company located on on Shenandoah Avenue has been in the area since 1941.
Jay Blake, the General Manager, is retiring after working there 49 years and decided to sell the business.
Blake says he doesn't know what business will take over the property because he sold it to a financial investor in Roanoke.
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[8-11Bank-Robbers]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
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A Roanoke man has pled guilty to a couple of recent bank robberies.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/July 20, 1998]


Steven Burnette admitted robbing a First Union branch on Melrose Avenue, the summer before last.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./November 26, 1999]


Burnette was also convicted of a holdup at the First Virginia Bank near Oak Grove Plaza last fall.
Burnette had an accomplice on that one, Keith Garner.
Both men will be sentenced in June, in Roanoke's federal court.
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[8-11Raccoon]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=nkr]
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A safe and happy ending for the raccoon trapped on a utility polie in Roanoke County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The raccoon got tangled in some wires on the pole Thursday.
Wildlife Rescue and American Electric Power were able to untangle the animal Sunday, but it was too scared to climb down.
An A-E-P cherry picker helped workers to bring the raccoon to safety yesterday.
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Let's look at the forecast once more...
Skies will turn mostly cloudy later today with scattered showers possible.
Highs in the mid 50s.
Blustery and colder tonight, with lows falling into the 30s.
Looking ahead to the next five days... highs mainly in the 60s with more showers possible on Friday.

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