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[TALENT=Kimberly]

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American voters are sitting on the edge of their seats, awaiting results of the Florida re- count.
The gap is narrowing between the two Presidential candidates.
The latest, coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a Pittsylvania County man is charged with capital murder and rape.
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Rain is finally falling more in the range we need... but it won't last. A cool, dry weekend is in the forecast.

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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All that coming up on News 7 at noon.


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[VO-NAT]


Confusion over the ballot in Florida may have led some voters to choose the wrong candidate--
Just the latest chapter in the Presidential election saga.
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[Election-2000]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2000]


Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Every vote counts in Florida, and they're still RE- COUNTING each one.
Both Al Gore and George W- Bush have sent monitors to Tallahassee to make sure the recount is fair.
But the real hot spot is Palm Beach County, where 19- thousand- votes are in question.
Election officials believe the votes may have been mistakenly cast for Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan instead of Al Gore.
Jennifer Jones joins us now from Florida where many are demanding not just a re- COUNT, but a re- VOTE.
[LIVE=Jennifer Jones/FULL]
[SUPER=701-Jennifer Jones/Reporting;]
[SUPER=705-Palm Beach, FL;]


((ROLLCUE:...))
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=703-Palm Beach, FL;]
[SUPER=701-Cherilyn Formanek/Voter;]
[SUPER=701-Gustav Sallas/Voter;]
[SUPER=701-William Daley/Gore Campaign Manager;]
[SUPER=701-James Baker/Bush Recount Monitor;]
[SUPER=701-Janet Reno/Attorney General;]
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(LOCATOR: WEST PALM BEACH, FL)



(NATZ FULL)


"WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE...
VOTERS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLA..VOWING NOT TO SETTLE.

SOT: CHERILYN FORMANEK/VOTER

"IF I HAVE QUESTION, I KNOW OTHER PEOPLE DO, TOO MUCH AT STAKE."
AS THE presidency HINGES ON THE OUTCOME OF FLORIDA'S results... PROTESTERS HERE ARE DEMANDING TO VOTE AGAIN.

SOT: GUSTAV SALLAS, VOTER

"IF G. BUSH CLAIMS TO TRUST THE PEOPLE AS HE SAYS...THEN HE TRUST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AND HAVE A RUNOFF ELECTION IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA.
At issue is what many voters call a confusing ballot. They say their votes intended for gore, instead went to pat buchanan. In addition, more than 19,000 votes mistakenly punched twice were thrown out.

SOT: WILLIAM DALEY/GORE CAMPAIGN MANAGER

"NOW THAT OUGHT TO RAISE SOME ISSUE HERE AS TO THE VALIDITY OF THAT ELECTION."

SOT: JAMES BAKER/BUSH CAMPAIGN RECOUNT MONITOR

"IF BALLOTS ARE MUTILATED, NOT MARKED PROPERLY, I DON'T CARE WHAT STATE YOU ARE IN, YOUR VOTE ISN'T GOING TO BE COUNTED."
WITH SO MUCH AT STAKE, ATTORNEY GENERAL JANET RENO PLEDGED TO WATCH THE RECOUNT VERY CLOSELY.

SOT: JANET RENO/ATTORNEY GENERAL

"WE ARE HERE TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT, TO MAKE SURE THE VOICE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS HEARD."

(suggested standup)


SO WHILE FLORIDA SORTS OUT ITS PROBLEMS, THE CANDIDATES WAIT. AND, THEY COULD BE WAITING FOR SOME TIME. IF THE COUNT REMAINS AS CLOSE AS IT IS... OFFICIALS WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR OVERSEAS ABSENTEE BALLOTS TO ARRIVE. THAT COULD TAKE UP TO TEN DAYS. ))
[LIVE=Jennifer Jones/FULL]
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[Israel-Attack]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
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An Israeli helicopter gunship attacked a car loaded with Palestinian commanders today.
Two died and five were injured.
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Smoke from the rocket attack could be seen from miles away--
The attack happened in a town just outside Bethlehem.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is under pressure from his military to target Palestinian gunmen for retaliation.

Now another Palestinian gunman promises a "sharp and tough" reaction to today's incident.
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[Mideast-Peace]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Mideast peace Talks]


Despite the attack, President Clinton is not giving up on peace in the Middle East.
He's meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat today in Washington.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Andrews AFB, MD;]


Arafat arrived early this morning.
He wants the United Nations to set up an international protective force for Palestinians.
A Palestinian negotiator says as long as the violence continues, no agreement is within reach.
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[SOT 10:18:46]
[IN Q=This situation cannot]

((SAEB EREKAT/PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATOR:THIS SITUATION CANNOT GO ON, THIS OCCUPATION CANNOT CONTINUE AND I BELIEVE THE PALESTINIAN
PEOPLE ALSO WANT TO SEE INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION. ))
[SUPER=01-Saeb Erekat/Palestinian Negotiator;]
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[OUT Q=international protection.]
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[VO-NAT]


Meanwhile, Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak is scheduled to visit the U-S on Sunday.
But Barak says he will NOT seek a revival of peace talks.
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[Rogers]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-51]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]

A Franklin County fugitive was sentenced to 30 years in prison today for killing a man who was ready to snitch.


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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]

26-year-old Mickey Tex Rogers shot 41-year-old Mike Campbell four times as he lay in bed, because Campbell was going to turn him in to investigators. Campbell had let Rogers hide in his trailer after stealing a car.
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[SOT 11:03:34]
[IN Q=He let this]

((DIANE MCGUIRE/VICTIM'S SISTER: HE LET THIS MAN LIVE WITH HIM! THIS MAN HAD NUMEROUS CHARGES OTHER THAN MURDER CHARGE. AND HE WALKS WITH 30 YEARS? I DON'T FEEL JUSTICE PREVAILED HERE TODAY. I JUST DON' TTHINK THERE WAS.))
[SUPER=01-Diane McGuire/Victim's Sister;]
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[OUT Q=there was]
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The prosecutor says he gave Rogers a plea agreement rather than risk the jury reducing the murder charge.
[TAPE#=00-26 TC49:10]

15-year-old Sarah Edwards still faces trial for her alleged role in murder.


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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=net]
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A man from Pittsylvania County has been charged with capital murder and rape.
Authorities say 28-year-old Michael Wood is in jail in Knoxville, Tennessee, awaiting extradition.
Wood is accused of the murder and rape of Sandra Oakes.
The body of the 47-year-old woman was found inside her trailer in the Blairs community last month.
The sheriff's office says Wood and Oakes lived in the same mobile home park and knew each other.

[Franklin-Wrecks]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=jda]
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Two tractor trailers overturned this morning in separate accidents along Route 220 South of Roanoke.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.]


The first happened near Boones Mill. A United Parcel Service truck left the road, overturned and came to rest in Maggodee Creek.
The driver wasn't injured, but repairs to the guard rail and bridge may keep one lane of traffic closed for a few more hours.
The second accident occurred a couple of miles south of Rocky Mount. Another 18-wheeler left the road and overturned there. The driver was transported to the hospital, but he did not appear to have life- threatening injuries.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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State Police say the misting rain this morning has left the roadway very slick in many locations.[Biomedical-Cente

r]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=mce]
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A study into a proposed biomedical center in Roanoke is getting some input from property owners who might be affected by it .. The "Riverside Center for Research and Technology" could bring high-tech jobs to the Valley. But it could also mean existing businesses would have to pack up and move. Meredyth Censullo has more.
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[IN Q=The project...]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Baker/Housing Authority; :15]
[SUPER=01-Gene Minter/Property Owner; :35]
[SUPER=01-Brad Allen/Property Owner; :52]
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[OUT Q=mce, News7, Roanoke]

((The project site covers approximately 76 acres along Jefferson Street and Reserve Avenue .. and is expected to draw high-tech healthcare-related industries to the Valley - including the Carilion Biomedical Institute.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=Right now .. ]

((JOHN BAKER/RRHA: RIGHT NOW WE'RE JUST CONDUCTING A STUDY AND AT THE END OF THE STUDY WE'LL HAVE A REDEVELOPMENT PLAN THAT WILL INCLUDE LAND USES AND CONDITIONS THAT DEVELOPERS WILL NEED TO MEET DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=in the area.]


Roughly 3 dozen property owners could be affected .. Existing businesses that don't meet the site's redevelopment plan would be relocated.

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[IN Q=The thing...]

((GENE MINTER/TATE ENGINEERING SYSTEMS: THE THING THAT UPSETS ME IS WE'LL HAVE TO MOVE, BUT I THINK OVERALL THE PROJECT IS A GREAT PROJECT FOR THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND IT WILL BE IMMENSELY SUCCESSFUL.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=intensly successful]


According to the law of eminent domain, property owners would be paid the fair market value for their land ..

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[IN Q=I think if .. ]

((BRAD ALLEN/PROPERTY OWNER: I THINK THAT IF WE CAN KINDA TIE NOT ONLY THE LAW AND HOW IT WORKS NOW, BUT ALSO GET CREATIVE AND FLEXIBLE AND SEE HOW WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER WORK THROUGH THE OVERALL GOALS OF THE CITY AND SEE IF WE CAN DO THAT TOGETHER.)) [RUNS:15]
[OUT Q=do that together.]


The project has a 15-year development timeline .. But if it gets the go-ahead, the initial site could be cleared within a year.
MEREDYTH CENSULLO/NEWS 7: THE STUDY IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR .. PUBLIC HEARINGS ABOUT THE PLAN COULD BEGIN IN JANUARY. MEREDYTH CENSULLO, NEWS7, ROANOKE.))

[Exit-Polls]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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Some questions have been raised about the validity of exit polls in calling political races.
As the presidential results rolled in Tuesday night, the TV networks named a victor in Florida AND a new president.
BOTH calls proved to be premature.
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[SUPER=703-Blacksburg;]


Virginia Tech Political Scientist Charles Walcott says that in the race to call elections first, botched calls are inevitable ... but fairly harmless.
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[SOT 11:28 - 11:40]
[IN Q=It's an occupational hazard]

((CHARLES WALCOTT/VT POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR: IT'S AN OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD OF COVERING ELECTIONS. IF YOU WANT TO PROVIDE PEOPLE THE ENTERTAINMENT OF TELLING PEOPLE WHO WON BEFORE THEY'RE GOING TO BED, THEN YOU TAKE THOSE RISKS.))
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[OUT Q=take those risks.]
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Walcott says the errors may shame the media into reconsidering their reliance on future exit polls.
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[Electors]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Many people are learning more about the people who REALLY vote for the president in the electoral college.
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Edie Light is a Republican presidential elector from Lynchburg.
Because George W. Bush won her congressional district and the entire state, Light will cast her ballot for Bush when the electoral college meets next month.
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[SOT 13:52:07]
[IN Q=If we went]

((EDIE LIGHT/REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTOR: IF WE WENT STRICTLY TO A POPULAR VOTE, THE LARGE CITIES WOULD BE THE ONES WHO ELECT THE PRESIDENT ALL THE TIME. AND YOU WOULD NEVER HAVE THE RURAL AREAS AND THE SPARSELY POPULATED AREAS, THEY WOULD NEVER EVEN SEE A CANDIDATE, THERE WOULD BE NO REASON FOR THEM TO GO THERE.))
[SUPER=701-Edie Light/Republican Pres. Elector]
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[OUT Q=to go there.]
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Light says it's possible if Bush wins Florida, some of his electors there could feel pressure to switch their vote to Al Gore based on the popular vote.
But experts say it's unlikely any presidential elector would cross over.
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[Allen]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-35 TC1:33:35]
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George Allen defends the electoral college system.
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[SUPER=703-Richmond;]


And that's NOT just because the presidential candidate the body seems to be favoring is a fellow Republican.
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[IN Q=If you had]

((GEORGE ALLEN/R-U.S. SENATOR-ELECT: IF YOU HAD A POPULAR VOTE, THAN I THINK THAT ALL THE ADVERTISING WOULD BE IN NEW YORK, CHICAGO, MAYBE HOUSTON, LOS ANGELES, AND THEY'D BE IGNORING SOME OF THE OTHER STATES. SO THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE APPROACH IS ONE THAT IS NOT PERFECT, BUT IT IS THE WAY THAT THE FOUNDERS ENVISIONED IT. WE ARE STATES. AND I THINK... PEOPLE IN SMALLER AREAS OR RURAL AREAS ARE NOT IGNORED.))
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[OUT Q=are not ignored.]
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[VO-NAT]


George Allen met with reporters yesterday afternoon at the State Capitol.
He pledged he'll never vote for a tax increase.
He says -- after brainstorming with John Warner -- he'd like a seat on the Commerce Committee, and on the Defense Subcommittee of Appropriations.
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[Democrats]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-38 TC57:16]
[GRAPHIC=Chuck Robb]

Virginia Democrats have their sights set on the 2001 election.
With Chuck Robb's defeat Tuesday night, they lost their only statewide office.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=703-McLean/Tuesday Night]


It was a bitter pill for Robb, his family, and the supporters who have backed him during more than two decades in public life.
But leading Democrats say this year's disappointment will not deter their effort to reclaim the governor's office next year.
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[SOT 01:27:23]
[IN Q=It leaves me fired up]

((MARK WARNER: IT LEAVES ME FIRED UP AND READY TO GO. MY CAMPAIGN STARTS TOMORROW AND WE'RE GOING TO LAY OUT A VISION FOR VIRGINIA. AND I'LL BE ANXIOUS TO HAVE THIS DISCUSSION WITH YOU AND THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.))

[SUPER=701-Mark Warner/Candidate for Governor]
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[OUT Q=over the next 12 months.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Mark Warner is expected to win the Democratic nomination for Governor next year... and party leaders are promising a strong statewide ticket.

[Bramblett]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=None]
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Earl Bramblett's lawyers have filed a legal petition in federal court that will likely block his execution which is scheduled for next week.
A Roanoke County jury sentenced Bramblett to die three years ago for the arson and murder of the Hodges family in Vinton in 1994.
The Habeas Corpus petition filed yesterday starts the FEDERAL review of the case.

[Sands]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-37 TC1:22:22]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


The Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled that a Pittsylvania County woman convicted of the 1998 murder of her husband will get a new trial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./August 1998;]


A jury convicted Victoria Shelton Sands of first-degree murder and weapon charges.
But yesterday, the court reversed the conviction--
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[SS=Hold]

ruling that the jury should have been instructed on Sands' right of self-defense.
Testimony indicated Thomas Sands became violently abusive two years after the couple was married.

[Greenbrier]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-34 TC1:30:00]
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Casino gambling at the Greenbriar didn't pass in this election, but the president of the resort isn't giving up on the idea.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=703-White Sulphur Spr.;]

Ted (Klise-ner) Kleisner wants to build a casino in a former government bunker at the resort. He says 58-percent of voters opposed the idea Tuesday, partly because they're misinformed.
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[SOT 15:45:36]
[IN Q=The ridiculous]

((TED KLEISNER/GREENBRIER PRES.: THE RIDICULOUS IDEA THAT HAVING TEN PERCENT MORE OCCUPANTS IN THE GREENBRIER AND A NEW AMENITY WILL INCREASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION. EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS, THAT INDIAN TRIBES WILL COME TO WEST VIRGINIA TO SET UP CASINOS.))
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[OUT Q=set up casinos]
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[VO-NAT]


The casino at the Greenbrier would have created 75 new jobs and converted 300 more to full time.
Still some were happy to see the proposal fail.
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[SOT 17:18:33]
[IN Q=It's not]

((SCOTT BUELL/LOCAL PASTOR: IT'S NOT ABOUT THE GREENBRIER. IT'S NEVER BEEN ABOUT THE GREENBRIER. THE GREENBRIER IS A GOOD PLACE TO WORK. IT'S ABOUT THE EXPANSION OF GAMBLING AND THAT DOESN'T FIT WITH WHAT WE WANT TO DO HERE IN GREENBRIER COUNTY.))
[SUPER=701-Scott Buell/Pastor;]
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[OUT Q=GREENBRIER COUNTY]
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[VO-NAT]

Still -- the Greenbrier president has already started a casino campaign for the 2004 election.
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[Police-Substation]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-45 TC09:54]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Police now have a permanent presence in Northeast Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The department dedicated the office on Williamson Road yesterday.
Three detectives, as well as Crime prevention, DARE and school resource officers, will move into the Northeast Office.
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