[7-Fatal-Fire]

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A trailer fire in Montgomery County claimed the life of one man this morning.
Authorities responded to the fire at 2761 Jim Meadows Road just after midnight.
Firefighters found the body of 56 year old Earl Steven Price shortly after they arrived.
Authorities say the fire does not appear to be suspicious, but they are investigating.


[7-NS-Restructuring]


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After hearing there will be major changes at Norfolk Southern, many are worried about their jobs, and the health of the company.
Not only workers, but stockholders and companies that rely on N-S that could be affected by yesterday's news.
N-S will cut thousands of jobs- and reduce dividends over the next twelve months.
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One-thousand to two-thousand jobs are expected to go.
N-S will also reduce dividends by 70 percent, sell 12-thousand freight cars, eliminate or sell off 11 percent of its track, AND cut 10 underutilized facilities.
Union leader Tom McCoy says he's never seen the railroad make cutbacks like this. [tc:01:09:18]
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[IN Q=Our region is only]

((T.R. MCCOY: OUR REGION IS ONLY GOING TO RECEIVE 13 MILES OF NEW RAIL NEXT YEAR. THE ENTIRE REGION. SO WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE SIZE OF THIS REGION, THAT'S NOT A WHOLE LOT OF RAIL.))
[SUPER=01-T. R. McCoy/BMWE Union President]
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[OUT Q=lot of rail.]
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Analysts say the cutbacks are likely a result of trouble with the "N-S- Conrail" merger, in combination with a slowing economy.
Still, they say, the restructuring may be what the company needs to get back on track.
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[IN Q=I think investors]

((BRIAN GOTTSTEIN/LEGG MASON: I THINK INVESTORS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A PLAN FROM THE COMPANY, WAITING FOR SOME KIND OF TURN AROUND NEWS. AND I THINK WE SEE THAT HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Gottstein/Legg Mason Analyst;]
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[OUT Q=see that here.]
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No word yet on which divisions and employees will be affected.
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[7-React-NS]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The N-S news is a disappointment for community leaders, but it wasn't a suprise for those who've been following the railroad- and its recent troubles.
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The announcement has some families who may be affected by a new round of lay-offs worried.
But elected officials, and economic development experts say they've seen it coming.
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[IN Q=This is just more bad news]

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: THIS IS JUST MORE BAD NEWS FOR SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. LAST YEAR, IT WAS MARTINSVILLE HENRY COUNTY AREA. WE DID HAVE SOME LAYOFFS AT NORFOLK SOUTHERN, BUT IT APPEARS THAT IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, WE'LL HAVE TO BEAR THE BRUNT OF SOME OF THESE CUTS.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Dick Cranwell/(D) Vinton]
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[OUT Q=some of these cuts.]
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The railroad's dominance of the local economy is a thing of the past.
Economic development officials say the latest restructuring shows the importance of a diversified local economy.


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[45-Child-Death]


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An autopsy conducted yesterday on a four year old Pittsylvania boy found no sign of natural causes in his death.
Authorities are still calling the boy's death suspicous. But investigators say it'll take further study before there's a ruling
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The body of four year old Matthew Giusto was found by his mother Sunday afternoon.
The child lived with his mother and her boyfriend. The boy was last seen alive Saturday night.
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[IN Q=We're still going to handle]

((MAJOR GARY GOODSON/SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: WE'RE STILL GOING TO HANDLE AS A SUSPICIOUS DEATH. WE'RE GOING TO DO SOME INTERVIEWS AND DO SOME FOLLOW-UPS WITH PEOPLE AND SEE WHERE THE LEADS WILL TAKE US.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Goodson/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Dept.]
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The medical examiner could not determine the exact cause of death.



[45-L'burg-Council]


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If a new courthouse and post office are built in Lynchburg, some businesses might feel the squeeze.
Federal officials say they need a bigger, more secure federal court.. and the postal service says IT needs room to expand.
But plans to build a new federal complex could mean some long-time downtown businesses would have to move.
Steve Smallshaw has more.
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[SUPER=01-Richard Bryant/Business Owner; :14]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Clark/Business Owner; :27]
[SUPER=01-Walter Erwin/Acting City Manager; :53]
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(( Business owners in the 1100 block of Lynchburg's Main Street had heard the rumors for a year, but now it's apparent that getting a new courthouse and post office means THEY'LL be filling out change of address cards.
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((RICHARD BRYANT/BUSINESS OWNER: IT WOULD BE NICE IF WE HAD SOME SORT OF AN IDEA OF WHEN A DECISION'S GOING TO BE MADE, SO WE CAN HAVE AN IDEA OF WHEN WE NEED TO START LOOKING FOR A NEW LOCATION FOR OUR BUSINESS.))
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[OUT Q=for our business.]
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((JEFF CLARK/BUSINESS OWNER: WE DON'T KNOW ANYTHING YET. IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE WHETHER THEY CAN ACTUALLY COME IN THERE HEAVY- HANDED AND MAKE US MOVE OR NOT, WE DON'T KNOW.))
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Federal officials provided just a bare- bones outline of their proposal to city council Tuesday.
Plans call for closing the current downtown post office and another at Miller Park.
A new facility and a new federal courthouse would then take up this entire square block between Main and Church Streets.
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((WALTER ERWIN/ACTING CITY MANAGER: THEY ARE VERY CONSCIENTIOUS ABOUT TRYING TO DESIGN A PROJECT THAT WOULD FIT WITHIN THE CITY, THAT WILL ENHANCE THE DOWNTOWN AREA AND WILL BE SOMETHING TO ANCHOR THAT END OF DOWNTOWN.))
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[Standup ] ((Officials say they should know in the next four or five months whether this project will even be financially feasible.. and that's when local business owners will find out whether they need to start looking for a new home. If it does happen, officials hope to break ground this winter and have both the courthouse and post office open for business by the summer of 2003. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
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[8-Fatal-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=kor]
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An early morning trailer fire in Montgomery County claims a man's life.
Authorities responded to the fire at 2761 Jim Meadows Road just after midnight.
Firefighters found the body of 56 year old Earl Steven Price shortly after they arrived.
Authorities say the fire does not appear to be suspicious, but they are investigating.


[8-City-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Even WITH a raise, Roanoke city school teachers won't be earning the same as their counterparts elsewhere in the nation. A three-percent pay raise is needed to maintain the national norm. But an updated general fund budget shows only a one-point-one percent raise.
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The newest budget is an improvement over the one proposed last month, which didn't contain ANY money for teacher raises, although a 3-percent raise was included in the unfunded portion. But changes in the amount of money being provided by the state and city HAS provided the school system with an additional 875-thousand dollars - enough to fund the one-percent raise. Superintendent Wayne Harris hopes more money will be made available within the next month.
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[IN Q=If we receive...]

((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IF WE RECEIVE ADDITIONAL REVENUES I WILL PUT ALL THAT MONEY TOWARDS INCREASES IN SALARIES FOR EMPLOYEES...RIGHT NOW THAT DOESN'T LOOK GOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent]
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[OUT Q=look good.]
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Harris worries the small raise might drive some teachers to other districts. The School Board will hold another work session next month, before they finalize the budget.
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[8-Hollingsworth]


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Some legal troubles for a Danville high school basketball coach.
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A grand jury indicted 42-year old Ronald Hollingsworth, seen here on the right, for taking indecent liberties with a female student under the age of 18.
Police say the incident happened on January Second during a school activity at the coach's home.
Hollingsworth became head coach at George Washington High School in July.
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Hollingsworth is free after posting a ten thousand dollar bond.
Danville's school superintendent put him on administrative leave.

[8-Roanoke-Murder]


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An argument with his boss allegedly led a Roanoke man to commit murder-- Police say 50- year old Mark David Stroud was shot in the head, neck and back with a weapon similar to an A-K 47. Stroud owned a local tree trimming business.
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His employee... 43- year old Neil Anthony Spencer is charged with murder and is being held in the Roanoke city jail without bond.
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After the shooting, police say Spencer and the victim's girlfriend hid the gun and told police Stroud committed suicide. Authorities say the pair eventually told them where the gun was located.