[7-11Pitts-Body]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

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[WRITER=sch]
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In Pittsylvania County, a body was found in a driveway yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
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A black man in his late teens or early 20's was found yesterday on Moorefield Bridge Road.
Authorities say the victim was shot at least once.
The body has been sent to Roanoke for an autopsy.
Authorities have not released the man's name.
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[7-11Farmville-Murders]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-15 TC1:21:08]
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In Farmville, a man has been charged with killing his ex-wife and her mother in thier homes.
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[VO-NAT]


53- year- old Reginald Varner was arrested Wednesday night after being stopped for speeding.. an officer noticed blood in his vehicle.
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He's charged with using an axe to murder his former wife.. 50- year- old Suzanne Varner, seen here in a News7 story from two years ago.
Varner also allegedly murdered his former mother- in- law, Susan Arena.
The two women owned Suzi's Antiques in Farmville, which provided many of the costumes for the movie "Titanic".
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[7-Construction]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=Raonoke Co. Schools]

How will the new south county high school affect properties? That's what some Cave Spring residents want to know.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

They attended an informational meeting held by Roanoke School officials last night to get some answers.
One of the main concerns some homeowners have is over buffers zones.
Some residents say they are concerned that too many trees have been cut down during construction and there is nothing left to muffle the noise and block the view of the school
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[SOT 11:57:01]
[IN Q=I've been assured]

((JEFF COPELAND/HOMEOWNER: I'VE BEEN ASSURED THAT THEY'RE GOING TO PUT MORE TREES BACK THAN THEY ORIGINALLY INTENDED SO I'VE GOT A KIND OF WAIT AND SEE ATTITUDE))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Copeland/Homeowner]
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[OUT Q=and see attitude]
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[VO-NAT]


Roanoke County School officials say through informational sessions like this they hope to ease residents' fears.
The county also plans to set-up a web site where residents can access information about the progress of the project.
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[7-11GE-Vote]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-23 TC33:11]
[GRAPHIC=GE contract Vote]


General Electric Union Employees in Salem have voted to accept a new three-year contract.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


The contract offers G-E workers across the country a 14- percent wage increase over the next three years, along with early retirement options and a better pension plan.
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[IN Q=I would say]

[TAPE: GE VOTE TC:09:52:08] ((ROY ROGERS: I WOULD SAY IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT TIME AND IT WAS A HARD FIGHT. BUT WE WERE ABLE TO GET MOST OF THE THINGS WE WANTED. BUT I THINK WE DID END UP WITH A FAIR CONTRACT.))
[SUPER=01-Roy Rogers/Local 161 President]
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[OUT Q=a fair contract.]
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[VO-NAT]


The vote approved the contract by a 90 percent margin at C-U-E Local 161. The national tally will released today.

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[7Weather]


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


Time now to check out the Friday forecast...
Mostly sunny today with highs in the low to mid 80s.
Tonight should be clear with pleasant lows in the 60s.
And looking ahead to the next five days....


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[45-11Campbell-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


A collision between a truck and car in Campbell County left one man dead and a woman injured.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


State police say 27- year- old Eddie Lee Edwards of Naruna lost control of his rig rounding this corner on Route 501 near Rustburg yesterday.
His truck, which was carrying wood chips, flipped over onto another car driven by 37- year- old Carrie Younger.
Younger suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Authorities blocked off Route 501 for most of the day while crews worked to remove the truck and its contents from the roadway.
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[45-11Lafayette-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Shooting]

Roanoke City Police are once again investigating gunfire on Lafayette Boulevard.
A woman says she was sitting in her house with her 5-year-old son Wednesday night when she heard four or five pops.
Police say one bullet went through two walls of the building.
Two more bullet holes were found in the siding. No one was hurt.
People in the neighborhood have complained recently about gangs of teenagers firing guns.
Roanoke authorities refuse to attribute the incidents to organized gangs.

[45-11Roanoke-Police]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Roanoke City Police say they were conducting an internal investigation, BEFORE the feds took over. The Department says rumors of misconduct by a few officers sparked the initial internal investigation.
But soon afterwards, the department turned the investigation over to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
Officials confirmed at least one officer has been placed on administrative leave but would not say how many other officers are under investigation.

[45-11Clagett]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-12 TC1:40:35]
[GRAPHIC=VA Death Penalty]


A condemned killer died in Virginia's electric chair last night-- only the second death row inmate to do so in five years.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jarratt/File Tape;]


In 1995, the state began giving inmates a choice between electrocution and lethal injection.
39 year old Michael David Clagett (KLAG-et) chose the chair and was pronounced dead just after nine o'clock tonight.
His minister said he was a truly reformed man.
He killed four strangers, while robbing a Virginia Beach restaurant in 1994.
The robbery netted 400 dollars.
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[45-11Pitts-Body]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-18 TC1:17:08]
[GRAPHIC=Murder]


Pittsylvania County authorities are investigating a body that was discovered in a driveway.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;]


A black man in his late teens or early 20's was found yesterday on Moorefield Bridge Road.
Authorities say the victim was shot at least once.
The body has been sent to Roanoke for an autopsy.
Authorities have not released the man's name.
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[45Weather]


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


Let's take a break from the news to check weather...
Mostly sunny today with highs in the low to mid 80s.
Clear overnight with lows in the 60s.
The extended forecast is calling for--


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[8-11GE-Vote]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-23 TC33:11]
[GRAPHIC=GE contract Vote]

A new three-year contract has won approval from Salem union employees of General Electric.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


The contract offers G-E workers across the country a 14- percent wage increase over the next three years, along with early retirement options and a better pension plan.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I would say]

[TAPE: GE VOTE TC:09:52:08] ((ROY ROGERS: I WOULD SAY IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT TIME AND IT WAS A HARD FIGHT. BUT WE WERE ABLE TO GET MOST OF THE THINGS WE WANTED. BUT I THINK WE DID END UP WITH A FAIR CONTRACT.))
[SUPER=01-Roy Rogers/Local 161 President]
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[OUT Q=a fair contract.]
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[VO-NAT]


The vote approved the contract by a 90 percent margin at C-U-E Local 161. The national tally will released today.

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[8-11Goodlatte]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-25 TC27:52]
[GRAPHIC=Gas Prices]


Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte talked about the high gas prices in a meeting with Roanoke County Supervisors.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Though gas prices have fallen a few cents recently, self serve regular is still hovering around a dollar fifty a gallon.
And while local elected officials have little control over the price at the pump, they're hearing about it from their constituents.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm anxious that it stabilize]

((I'M ANXIOUS THAT IT STABILIZE BECAUSE OTHER THAN JUST DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY, IT AFFECTS A LOT OF OUT OTHER INDUSTRIES TOO. PETROLEUM AFFECTS AN AWFUL LOT OF THINGS WE DO IN THE UNITED STATES.))
[SUPER=01-Fuzzy Minnix/Cave Spring Supervisor;]
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[OUT Q=we do in the United States.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


Goodlatte told the supervisors he supports an increase in domestic oil production.
But at this point, he does not favor tapping the nation's petroleum reserve, or suspending the federal gas tax, as some in Congress have suggested.
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[8-11D'Ville-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


George Washington High school in Danville could be getting some major improvements.
City Manager Jerry Gwaltney proposed a 16 million dollar improvement project for the school.
The project would be paid for through a bond issue.
Another multi-million dollar project proposed last night would upgrade the city's six elementary and middle schools.
That project would be paid for with lottery funds.

[8-11Clagett]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-12 TC1:40:35]
[GRAPHIC=VA Death Penalty]


Virginia has executed a man in the electric chair for only the second time in five years,
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jarratt/File Tape;]


In 1995, the state began giving inmates a choice between electrocution and lethal injection.
39 year old Michael David Clagett (KLAG-et) chose the chair and was pronounced dead just after nine o'clock tonight.
His minister said he was a truly reformed man.
He killed four strangers, while robbing a Virginia Beach restaurant in 1994.
The robbery netted 400 dollars.
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[8Weather]


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


Once more-- let's check out the very pleasant Friday forecast--
Lots of sunshine today with highs of 80 to 85.
Staying clear tonight with lows in the 60s.
The extended forecast is calling for--


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