[7-Edwards]

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Roanoke State Senator Democrat John Edwards has announced he is running for Virginia Attorney General.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Edwards made the announcement yesterday afternoon at the Roanoke Higher Education Center, a project in which he has played a central role.
Edwards says his experience in elective office, and his work as a federal prosecutor make him the most qualified candidate. He says he would also bring geographic balance to the ticket.
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[IN Q=I'm proud to be a Democrat]

((I'M PROUD TO BE A DEMOCRAT AND I'M PROUD TO LEAD US BACK AND REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF ALL VIRGINIANS, AND THAT IS WHY I AM TODAY OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCING THAT I AM A CANDIDATE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL OF VIRGINIA. APPLAUSE))
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[OUT Q=for Attorney General of Virginia.]
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[VO-NAT]


Though Henrico Delegate Donald McEachin (muh-KEE-chin) enjoyed a head start in the campaign for the Democratic nomination, Edwards believes he is now well-situated to win the June primary.
He estimates the primary campaign will cost between 500- thousand and one million dollars. Last night he held a fundraiser at the Jefferson Center.
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[7-Beef-recall]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=jmi]
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Some Kroger hamburger meat MAY be contaminated with E-coli, forcing a recall.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
Kroger is asking customers at all 53 stores in Virginia to check their freezers for Kroger brand ground beef in one, three and five pound packages dated November 19th and 20th.
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[VO-NAT]
The Minnesota Department of Health linked 22 illnesses to beef supplied by American Foods Group.


218 thousand pounds of the ground beef went to stores across 15 states.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


There are no reported illnesses in Virginia, but Kroger is taking no chances by issuing a recall.
Customers will get their money back if they return the hamburger to Kroger.
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Signs of E-coli poisoning include nausea and diarrhea.
People generally become ill two to four days after eating tainted beef.

[7-C'burg-Development]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Christiansburg town council turned down a plan to develop rural land.
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[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


A developer wanted to turn 89 acres of farmland on Peppers Ferry Road into commercial and residential property.
The proposal designated five acres along the road for businesses.
Behind that: 175 single family homes and 105 townhomes.
Some neighbors worried the development would strain traffic on their congested two-lane road.
Council denied the rezoning request by a 3 to 2 vote, even though the planning commission recommended it.
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Taking a break from the news now to check weather---


Increasing clouds and cool temperatures today..with highs only reaching the mid 30s.


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[45-Tultex]


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[WRITER=kor]
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[GRAPHIC=Tultex Chapter 11]

A local company could become the owner of the last major Martinsville property owned by the bankrupt Tultex company.
According to published reports, the Lester Group offered three-quarters of a (m) million dollars for the Franklin Street textile plant. Any sale would have to be approved by Tultex creditors.




[45-I-73]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=mce]
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[GRAPHIC=Interstate 73]

At several public V-DOT hearings about the future of Interstate 73 next week, one group plans to be at the meetings in full force. The I-73 "Regional Action Network" is made up of Southwest Roanoke County and Salem residents who live in what's called the "Western Corridor". Meredyth Censullo reports, while the group is convinced the interstate is driving forward, they say it shouldn't run through the Western Corridor.
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[SUPER=01-Ken Wright/I-73 Regional Impact Network;:00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;:06]
[SUPER=01-Kara Robinson/I-73 Regional Impact Network;:17]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Hurst/I-73 Regional Impact Network;1:07]
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((
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[SOT @ Tape #1: 1:08:41 - :46]
[IN Q=Somewhere..]

((SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE MOUNTAIN AND US WILL BE A SUPERHIGHWAY...))
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[OUT Q=superhighway.]


The mountain view from Ken Wright's backyard could someday be criss-crossed by I-73. He lives in the "Western Corridor"
[NATS - TONIGHT]
- along with all these people.

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[SOT Tape 2: 9:01 - 9:09]
[IN Q=As it stands...]

((AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW, THE WESTERN CORRIDOR RUNS PARALLEL TO MY STREET. SO I'LL BE A LITTLE LEMONADE STAND ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.))
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[OUT Q=the road.]


The Western Corridor goes from I-81 at Dixie Caverns across the Blue Ridge Parkway to Route 220. A road, opponents say will scar the face of the Roanoke Valley, while placing hundreds of homes, dozens of businesses and a handful of schools in jeopardy. So they're gathering their forces for a campaign to sway V-DOT away from the Western corridor - and into the Central one - which runs along 581 and 220. And they're choosing their weapons - letters to Senators, Supervisors, even V-DOT. Because, they say, this could be their last chance at a full-fledged assault.

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[SOT @ Tape 2: 6:59 - 7:18]
[IN Q=A lot of...]

((A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY "ITS NOT GONNA BE BUILT IN 10 YEARS, 20 YEARS...I'LL BE LONG GONE"...BUT THE CORRIDOR WILL BE SELECTED IN PROBABLY 6 MONTHS AND THIS IS PROBABLY OUR LAST CHANCE TO MAKE A PUBLIC STATEMENT TO VDOT. LAST CHANCE TO SAY WHAT WE FEEL.))
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[OUT Q=we feel.]


MEREDYTH CENSULLO:V-DOT WILL HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS DECEMBER 13TH AND 14TH AT HOTEL ROANOKE FROM TWO UNTIL NINE P-M...CITIZEN INPUT WILL BE TAKEN UNTIL JANUARY 12TH. THE COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD COULD MAKE A DECISION ON WHERE I-73 WILL GO BY NEXT SUMMER..MEREDYTH CENSULLO, NEWS7. ))

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Before we wrap up, here's a look at the mid- week forecast.
Increasing clouds and chill temperatures today, only reaching the mid 30s this afternoon.


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[8-Shuttle-Bus]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Hundreds of Roanoke city employees are hopping a bus to work.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The city manager has taken free parking stickers away from 313 workers to make room for new businesses and their staffs.
Those city employees must now ride a shuttle bus downtown from the civic center or pay fifty dollars a month for a space.
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[SOT 12:12:01]
[IN Q=The program]

((THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN VERY CONVENIENT FOR ME. IT OFFERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MISS DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC.))
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Even non-city employees are hopping a ride on the free shuttle. Angela Henegar takes classes at the Higher Education Center.
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[SOT 12:31:16]
[IN Q=It's very convenient]

((I HAVE NO OTHER WAY TO GET DOWNTOWN TO GET MY LUNCH AND WITH THE BUS RUNNING EVERY TEN MINUTES I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MISSING THE NEXT BUS TO GET BACK TO SCHOOL.))
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[OUT Q=to school]
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The city manager has kept her free parking sticker, along with other employees who leave the municipal building several times a day. She says she might expand the shuttle system so more downtown businesses can use satellite parking for their employees.
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[8-Foundation]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-45 TC28:33]
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Some big financial help has arrived for a company that helps the disabled community in the Alleghany Highlands.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Covington]

The Alleghany Foundation recently awarded Jackson River Enterprises a 250-thouand dollar grant provided it comes up with matching funds. The money will be used to help the business move into a new facility. The agency is in Covington- It employs about 45 disabled adults in a variety of jobs including recycling.
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[SOT 00:22:31]
[IN Q=If it ]

((REPORTER SPEAKS: IF IT WASN'T FOR YOUR JOB HERE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU WOULD BE DOING? DONNA PAXTON/EMPLOYEE: NOTHING, NOTHING.)) ((JIM SNYDER/ALLEGHANY FOUNDATION PRESIDENT: WE'VE HELPED SCHOOLS, NURSING PROGRAMS, CITIES AND COUNTIES IN DIFFERENT WAYS, THERE'S BEEN A TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF BENEFITS IN THE COMMUNITY HERE.))
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[SUPER=01-Jim Snyder/Alleghany Foundation President; :06]
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[OUT Q=in the community here.]
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[super=03-Clifton Forge;]

The Alleghany Foundation also awarded a 502-thousand dollar grant to help improve the look of downtown Clifton Forge.

In all-- the Foundation has awarded more than ten million dollars to various organizations over the past five years.
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[8-Golden-Corral]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=netD]
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Health experts have tracked down the source of an illness that struck several restaurant patrons.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/October]


Several people got sick after eating at the Golden Corral near Cross Roads Mall in Roanoke on the evening of October 13-th.
Health Officials say food samples collected from the buffet indicate a toxin caused by a staph bacteria caused the illnesses.
The source of the contamination is still unknown.
The Health Department says the restaurant has made several changes in food handling and sanitation.
Officials believe this was an isolated incident.
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[8WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kmc]
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Turning our attention again to weather--
You'll want to bundle up today....as temperatures are only expected to reach the mid 30s for highs under mostly cloudy skies.


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