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[7-11Wachovia]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[WRITER=jmi]
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Wachovia has announced 16 local bank employees will be layed off. It's part of the larger 18-hundred person layoff scheduled for 2001.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC;]


Wachovia Bank has 20 branches and employs more than 400 people in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Danville, and Blacksburg.
The bank says the layoffs are a bid to cut costs and boost earnings.
The dually-based Atlanta and Winston-Salem bank told investors that rising interest rates put a huge damper on marginal profits.
The company says the layoffs will have an impact on all levels of its workforce.
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[7-11Main-Street]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=sch]
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Downtown Danville will be getting a facelift.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


The program is called the "Virginia Main Street Community" program.
Danville is the 19th city in the state to enter into the program.
Danville will use other successful cities to model after.
A team of experts will help decide which businesses should come to Main Street and how to attract them.
Also the look of the storefronts and sidewalks will change.
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[SOT 1:15:31]
[IN Q=We have vacancies]
[SUPER=01-Scott Burton/Downtown Association Director;]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Coles/Danville Resident; :17]

((SCOTT BURTON/DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR: WE HAVE VACANCIES LITERALLY SOME BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN VACANT FOR 30,40, 50 YEARS. MANY HAVE WRITTEN IT OFF. BUT THROUGH THE PROGRAM I CAN GUARANTEE WE'LL FIND BUSINESSES.))
[SOT 1:31:53]

((BARBARA COLES/DANVILLE RESIDENT: I LIKE FOR IT TO BE WHAT IT USE TO BE. I WANT TO SEE A FIVE AND DIVE STORE, CLOTHING STORE, DRUG STORE THINGS THAT ARE CONVENIENT.))
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[OUT Q=that are convenient.]
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[VO-NAT]


Danville has about 400 thousand dollars of private and city funds for the next five years to change Main Street.


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[7-11CHIP]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=500-01 1:24:46]
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The Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley is receiving a 30- thousand dollar grant from Garth Brooks' Touch 'Em All Foundation.
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[VO-NAT]


The country music superstar combined his love of baseball with support for children's charities, when he established the foundation in 1999.
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Yesterday morning at Memorial Stadium, members of the Avalanche and children from the Salem Head Start Program helped CHIP celebrate the award.
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[SOT 16:20:21]
[IN Q=It's very significant]

((IT'S VERY SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE IT'S A NATIONAL FOUNDATION. AND WE JUST FEEL LIKE IT SAYS SOMETHING WHEN A NATIONAL FOUNDATION IS INVESTING IN A LOCAL PROGRAM. AND I THINK WE HAVE A LOT TO BE PROUD OF.))
[SUPER=01-Robin Haldiman/CHIP Executive Director]
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[OUT Q=a lot to be proud of.]
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[VO-NAT]


There are almost six thousand children in the Roanoke Valley who qualify for CHIP services. The organization has the resources to help about 15-hundred each year.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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Turning our attention now to weather--
Partly sunny with a chance of rain today...highs near 80.

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[45-11Byrd-Harden]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-22 1:59:25]
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Governor Jim Gilmore's 50-thousand dollar severance package for a state agency head continues to draw criticism, now from a man who has never directly criticized a successor before.
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[SOT 12:01:29 ]
[IN Q=There are]

((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: THERE ARE TIMES WHEN YOU HAVE TO JUST COME OUT AND SAY I BLEW IT! I MADE A MISTAKE! I WAS WRONG! ))
[SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/Former Governor;]
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[OUT Q=I was wrong!]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape]


Doug Wilder says Linda Byrd-Harden was incompetent from the start.
So, for Gilmore to hire her to run an agency that helps minority businesses is cynical and insulting.
But then he says, to NOT fire her for incompetence is a waste of taxpayer money.
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[SOT 11:57:43]
[IN Q=I can tell]

((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: I CAN TELL YOU, THIS IS NOT GOING TO GO AWAY. YOU KNOW THAT. AND THE FACT THAT YOU MIGHT NOT HEAR ABOUT IT FOR A DAY OR TWO, IT'S NOT GOING TO GO AWAY. AND GUESS WHAT? IT SHOULDN'T GO AWAY.))
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[OUT Q=go away.]
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A spokesman for Gilmore says the Governor has been up front about Byrd-Harden's severance package.
That's after his press office denied it for two days.
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[45-11VEA-Senate]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-25 1:17:14]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


The Virginia Education Association has endorsed Senator Chuck Robb, but George Allen's campaign dismissed the endorsement as the work of a Democratic "front group."
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Roanoke]


In Roanoke yesterday afternoon, VEA members from around the region gave Robb high marks for his efforts to improve student achievement, teacher salaries, and educational funding.
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[SOT 16:28:10]
[IN Q=Chuck Robb has honestly put]

((CHUCK ROBB HAS HONESTLY PUT HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH WAS WHEN HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. GEORGE ALLEN TALKS A GOOD GAME WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT EDUCATION, BUT HE DOESN'T BACK IT UP WITH ANY REAL SUBSTANTIVE ACTION.))
[SUPER=201-Kitty Boitnott/Education Association;]
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[OUT Q=substantive action.]
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Allen Supporter and Former State Senator Brandon Bell says the VEA endorsement is no big surprise when many of the group's members have long been active in Democratic campaigns.
Bell says Allen has a strong record on education, moving the state toward higher standards and accountability.[45

-11Armored-Car]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Am Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-23 1:39:34]
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Bedford County has a new "beastly" weapon in its fight against crime.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


The sheriff's department unveiled its new tactical armored vehicle yesterday.. four and a half tons of state- of- the- art ballistic material on four wheels.
The T-A-V will be used for hostage situations, barricaded criminals and high risk drug raids.
The vehicle is already nicknamed "The Beast". It comes at no local cost to Bedford taxpayers.. "The Beast" its armament and radios were all donated or covered by federal grants.
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Let's turn to the forecast now--
Partly sunny...with the possibility of a few showers...highs warming to near 80.

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[8-Pipeline]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-28]
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Virginia Gas is already building a 55-mile pipeline from Radford to Clearbrook in Roanoke County.
Last month, Roanoke County supervisors passed a resolution, asking the company to run the pipeline along an EXISTING one to reduce environmental damage.
Last night, Montgomery County followed suit.
Marya Jones has the story.
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[IN Q=Mike Richardson]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Trish Richardson/Pipeline Property Owner; :11]
[SUPER=01-Mike Edwards/Virginia Gas President; :34]
[SUPER=01-Karen Day/Pipeline Property Owner; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Mike Richardson/Pipeline Property Owner; 1:14]
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[OUT Q=want to do, though.]


(( Mike Richardson and his wife, Trish, had just bought 4 acres joining their farm when they got the news:
Virginia Gas had permission to cut a 50-foot treeless swath through their new property.
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[SOT 19:13 - :22]

((TRISH RICHARDSON: THEY DON'T CONSIDER WHAT IT DOES TO THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY. IT LIMITS WHAT YOU CAN DO. SO, IT'S NOT JUST THE PROPERTY THAT THEY'RE USING, IT'S THE PROPERTY THAT'S LEFT THAT'S DECREASED IN VALUE.))
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The Richardsons are one of 165 families in Montgomery County and 215 in Roanoke County that may see their landscape changing in the next year.
Virginia Gas officials say increased demand in the area made the 55-foot pipeline necessary.
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[SOT 27:55 - 28:03]

((MIKE EDWARDS: ADDITIONAL PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE IS NEEDED TO SUPPLY THOSE INCREASING CUSTOMER NEEDS.))
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Like Roanoke County's, Montgomery County Supervisors' resolution urges Virginia Gas to build its pipeline close to an existing one from East Tennessee Natural Gas Company.
That's in the hopes that it will reduce harm to landowners and scenic landscapes.
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[SOT 8:48 - :51]

((KAREN DAY: ONE'S BAD ENOUGH. I WOULDN'T WANT TWO IN MY FRONT YARD.))
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Karen Day's subdivision was built on and around the existing pipeline.
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[SOT 8:07 - :17]

((KAREN DAY: THIS IS JUST A LINE TO GET IT FROM POINT A TO POINT B. WE COULDN'T USE THE GAS. THIS IS JUST A LINE TO GET IT SOMEPLACE ELSE.))
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[SOT 17:30 - :40]

((MIKE RICHARDSON: WE'VE SPOKEN TO OUR LAWYER AND THERE'S NOT A WHOLE LOT WE CAN DO. :33 WE HAVEN'T SIGNED OFF ON ANY SURVEYS. I GUESS THEY'LL DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, THOUGH. ))
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[SU] ((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: THE COUNTY'S RESOLUTION HAS NO LEGAL TEETH. STILL, VIRGINIA GAS SAYS IT'S LISTENING. IT PROMISES TO GIVE LANDOWNERS SOME SAY IN THE PROCESS AND TO WORK TO PAIR THE NEW PIPELINE WITH THE EXISTING ONE. MARYA JONES, NEWS 7, BLACKSBURG.))
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[8-11Waterworks]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-26 1:17:56]
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The owner of a Smith Mountain Lake water company may be charged with a crime .. for allegedly selling hazardous water to his customers.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Last April;]
[TAPE#=00-08 TC38:58]

Robert Winney's Waterworks Company serves three subdivisions.
Inspectors say Winney has refused to submit water samples and has broken a dozen rules. When we called Winney for comment, he hung up.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kmc]
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Before we wrap up this morning-- here's another look at the forecast.
Partly sunny with a chance of rain..highs near 80.

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