[PKGHenry-Schools]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=04-02 6:51]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin]
[ENG#=1]

The Henry County School Board has changed its mind once again. Last week, the board voted to delay closing and consolidating several schools.
As Justin McLeod reports they've now decided to move foward with closing five schools and reconfiguring two others.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Darryl Holland/Laurel Park Teacher; :26 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Karen Knapp/Consolidation Opponent; :36]
[SUPER=01-Courtney Newman/Bassett High School Junior; :52]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Evans/Parent; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Linda Martin/Henry Co. School Board Member; 1:26]
[SUPER=@justin1; 1:33]
[RUNS=1:48]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]

((((NAT SOUND OF VOTE AND REACTION))
THis was the reaction after the school board voted to continue with the current consolidation plan.
[SOT 16:04:21]
[IN Q=Very surprised]

((ASHLEY TILLEY/FC STUDENT: VERY SURPRISED BUT I'M GLAD THEY DID IT.))
[Runs=03]
[OUT Q=They did it]


Long before thv ote, the public got once last chance to make its case.
THe majority who spoke favor the two high school plan.
[SOT 1:14:46]
[IN Q=To combine the best]

((DARRYL HOLLAND/LAUREL PARK TEACHER: TO COMBINE THE BEST.....BE A PART OF.))
[Runs=04]
[OUT Q=BE A PART OF]


But there were plenty who spoke just as passionately against the current plan.
[SOT 1:24:08]
[IN Q=I do not]

((KAREN KNAPP/OPPOSES CONSOLIDATION: I DO NOT, NEVER HAVE...THE CURRENT PLAN.))
[Runs=05]
[OUT Q=THE CURRENT PLAN]


That plan will send Laurel Park students to Magna Vista High next year.
Fieldale Collinsville students will attend Bassett.
Supporters say that will allow students to have more opportunities.
[SOT 1:49:57]
[IN Q=Yes, we will be]

((COURTNEY NEWMAN/BASSETT HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR: YES WE WILL BE FORCED, STRONG CURRICULUM.))
[Runs=05]
[OUT Q=stronger curriculum]


But opponents say biggers isn't always better.
[SOT 1:51:50]
[IN Q=I think if you]

((SANDY EVANS/PARENT: I THINK IF YOU, TO BE IGNORED.))
[Runs=08]
[OUT Q=to be ignored]


After more than fifty speakers and 90 minutes of later it was time to vote.
Newly elected board member Terri Flanagan who last week voted to delay consolidation changed her mind.
The voted ended up being four to three.
[SOT ]
[IN Q=The vote was turned]

((LINDA MARTIN/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: THE VOTED WAS TURNED, BITTERNESS ABOUT ANYTHING.))
[Runs=07]
[OUT Q=BITTERNESS ABOUT ANYTHING]
[IN Q=]

((JUSTIN MCLEOD/REPORTING: SO CONSOLIDATION WILL MOVE FORWARD AND IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE AFFECT IN THE NEXT. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS ALREADY SPENT NEARLY TWO MILLION DOLLARS RENOVATING THE SCHOOLS AND IS EXPECTED TO SPEND ANOTHER MILLION BEFORE IT IS ALL SAID AND DONE. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))



[11Warner-address]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=03-47 1:31:59]
[GRAPHIC=State of the Commonwealth]
[ENG#=2]


Governor Warner told lawmakers to put away the duct tape and send him a sturdy budget he could sign.
He made a forceful push for his tax reform plan last night, but will it sway the anti-tax crowd? As Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon reports, most Republicans are saying Warner delivered a great speech, but they are also saying they didn't hear anything new and that they are still not sold on his tax plan.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=VIRGINIA'S TAX SYSTEM NEEDS]
[SUPER=@MarkWarner; :00]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :06]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Brandon Bell/(R) Roanoke Co.; :21]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Creigh Deeds/(D) Bath Co.; :31]
[SUPER=01-Del. Onzlee Ware/(D) Roanoke; :38]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :52]
[SUPER=@Bryant; 1:09]
[RUNS=1:32]
[OUT Q=MM News 7 Richmond.]



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[11Henry-Jobs]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=03-53 40:51]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]
[ENG#=3]

The Governor also shared some good news for workers in Southside. Joe Dashiell has that part of the story.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=Tonight, I am pleased]
[SUPER=@MarkWarner; :00]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :11]
[SUPER=@Armstrong; :22]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./2003; :29]
[SUPER=@Hawkins; :37]
[SUPER=@Reynolds; :47]
[RUNS=1:12]
[OUT Q=Joe D news 7 Richmond..]




[81-Comments]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=tco]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Interstate 81 Improvements]
[ENG#=None]


You can have a say in what improvements should be done to Interstate 81. The Virginia Department of Transportation has scheduled public comment sessions today on the proposals to improve the interstate. The sessions will be conducted by videoconference from Richmond to Bristol and Salem.


[MLK-Bush]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Bush]
[ENG#=4]


Today President Bush will mark what would have been the 75th birthday of Martin Luther King, Junior.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA;]


The President will travel to Atlanta to lay a wreath at the crypt of the slain civil rights leader.
But not everyone is happy about his visit.
Some community leaders say Bush's visit conflicts with their King holiday events.
Some protestors criticized Bush, saying his actions in Iraq don't coincide with King's principles of non- violence.
Others say Bush's stop in Atlanta is politically motivated, and say they'll continue to protest.
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[NE-Cold]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=1]


The winds are howling here-- but in the Northeast, it's a return of bitter cold temperatures.
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[VO-NAT]


Today the mercury is expected to plunge even further.
Forecasters say an arctic air mass will deliver frigid weather from Pennsylvania to Maine.
The wind chill across New England will fall to 20 to 40 below zero.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


In New York City, one street vendor has been selling sweaters for two dollars apiece, and says the key to surviving the big chill is dressing in layers.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Thermal pants]

((AUGUSTINE BAGLEY/VENDOR: THERMAL PANTS, UNDERWEAR (OFF CAMERA: I HOPE SO!), TWO SHIRTS, A SWEATER, A JACKET, AND A COAT.))
[SUPER=01-Augustine Bagley/Vendor;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=and a coat.]
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[VO-NAT]


The National Weather Service agrees and is encouraging people to bundle up to avoid getting frost bite.
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[11KB-Toys]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=cdo]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Business news]
[ENG#=1]



In business news, a national toy company is heading for bankruptcy court, a company that employs hundreds of people in our area.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylania Co./December 2002;]

Yesterday, K-B Toys announced it's filed for bankruptcy protection. K-B operates an internet fulfillment center out of Blairs, near Danville. The facility hires over 15-hundred seasonal employees each year. The toy company says it hopes to emerge from chapter 11 protection before the next holiday shopping season. But it does plan to close four to five hundred stores. There is no word yet on what this announcement might mean to the Blairs employees.
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[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=2]


In other business news, J-P Morgan Chase will merge with Bank-One.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:54]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]

((> A MEGA MERGER IN THE BANKING INDUSTRY. > > JP MORGAN CHASE WILL BUY BANK ONE IN A DEAL VALUED AT ABOUT 60 BILLION > DOLLARS. NEWS OF THE MERGER CAME SECONDS AFTER THE CLOSING BELL ON WALL > STREET. > > THE DEAL WOULD COMBINE TWO OF THE LARGEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE US > AND CREATE A TRUE RIVAL TO THE WORLD'S ALRGEST BANKING COMPANY, CITIGROUP. > BANK ONE'S CEO JAMIE DIMON WOULD TAKE THE REINS OF JP MORGAN AFTER TWO > YEARS. BY ACQUIRING BANK ONE, JP MORGAN GETS A STRONGHOLD IN THE MIDWEST. > ANALYSTS SAY THE DEAL COULD SPARK MORE CONSOLIDATION IN THE BANKING > INDUSTRY THIS YEAR. > > INVESTORS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO REACT TO THE THIS HUGE BANKING MERGER > LATER TODAY... > > YESTERDAY, STOCKS PUT IN A GREAT PERFORMANCE ON GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE > ECONOMY. > > THE DOW RALLIED 111 POINTS > > WHILE THE NASDAQ ADDED NEARLY 15. > > IN MORE AFTER THE BELL NEWS: > > THE CHIP GIANT INTEL SAID FOURTH QUARTER PROFIT MORE THAN DOUBLED AS SALES > SURGED 22 PERCENT. > > INTERNET SEARCH ENGINE YAHOO SAID FOURTH QTR PROFIT ROSE 62 PERCENT TO 75 > MILLION DOLLARS THANKS TO HIGHER SALES OF ADVERTISING. > > AND APPLE COMPUTER SAID BETTERMACINTOSH COMPUTER AND IPOD SALES HELPED > OVERALL SALES HIT 2 BILLION DOLLARS. > > IBM IS SLATED TO SHOW WALL STREET ITS BOTTOMLINE LATER TODAY. > > Former Enron Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow pleaded guilty to > ACCOUNTING FRAUD IN THE COLLAPSE OF THE ENERGY GIANT. FASTOW IS EXPECTED > TO SERVE 10 YEARS IN PRISON AS PART OF HIS PLEA DEAL. HE becomes the > first high ranking Enron official to admit guilt in the Enron debacle AND > IS expected to help the Feds in their case against former Enron CEOs Ken > Lay and Jeffrey Skilling. > > > FIND OUT MORE AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS.)) > >




(tape tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [WOOD ROGERS SPONSOR BOARD 5185 ESSC] [COMM]


[Bush-Space]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=1]


Just about 45 minutes ago, NASA confirmed that the Sprit rover has maneuvered onto the surface of Mars.
The golf-cart-size space buggy will now get to go exploring on Martian soil.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pasadena, CA;]


NASA scientists have been working to send the Spirit rolling onto the surface of the Red Planet.
Since the rover's landing on January third, it's stayed put-- using nine cameras to take nearly four thousand pictures so scientists could chart its course.
During its three months on Mars, the rover will search for any sign of water-- an indication that there could have been life there.
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[Braun]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2004]
[ENG#=2]


The field of Democratic candidates setting their sights on the White House is expected to become a little smaller today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Campaign officials say former Illinois Senator Carol Moseley Braun will drop out of the race and throw her support behind frontrunner Howard Dean.
Officials close to the Dean campaign say they expect Braun's endorsement today in Iowa.
Braun's decision comes just a few days before the Iowa Caucus, and narrows the Democratic field to eight candidates.

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[11Lea-Council]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=03-44 1:46:51]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2004]
[ENG#=3]


More people are jumping in the race for Roanoke City Council.
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[VO-NAT - :19]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Yesterday, Sherman Lea added his name to the list. He has served as co-chair of the Citizens for a Sensible Stadium Decision, the organization designed to save Victory Stadium, and also served on the Roanoke City School Board until 2002. He says he wants to make Roanoke a safer place, and says the city needs to boost morale for its workers.
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[SOT - 12:40]
[IN Q=I have a proven record...]

((SHERMAN LEA/(D) CANDIDATE FOR CITY COUNCIL; I HAVE A PROVEN RECORD OF LEADERSHIP, AND THAT'S IMPORTANT. IN ANY ELECTION YOU HAVE TWO THINGS, ALOT OF RHETORIC AND YOU HAVE A RECORD, AND I HAVE A RECORD OF BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER.))
[SUPER=01-Sherman Lea/(D) Candidate for City Council;]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=of bringing people together.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]

Randy Leftwich, another Democrat, has already announced he will also run for City Council. The Democrats will pick their candidates at a firehouse primary on February 7th.

[11Radford-Chief]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=03-49 1:08:14]
[GRAPHIC=Wesley Terry]
[ENG#=1]


Radford is looking for a new police chief, after the former one was let go.
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[VO-NAT]


59- year old Wesley Terry was fired Tuesday afternoon by the city. He has 33-years of police service and was chief in Radford for nearly 3-years.
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


Terry's was suspended from the force in October after a special grand jury indicted him on several misdemeanor charges concerning an alleged illegal search.
City Manager Tony Cox won't say why Terry was fired; only calling it a personnel issue.
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[SOT:15:03:00 ]
[IN Q=I spoke to]
[SUPER=01-Tony Cox/Radford City Manager;]

((TONY COX:I SPOKE TO ENTIRE DEPARTMENT THIS MORNING ABOUT THE SITUATION. LAID OUT KIND OF A VISION FOR THE CITY'S DEPARTMENT, WHERE IT'S GOING TO GO. BASICALLY WE'RE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF FIRST THINGS FIRST. GET BACK TO THE CORE DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT. ))
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=duties of the department.]
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[VO-NAT]

In a statement , Terry said quote "I remain confident that the criminal justice system will deal appropriately with these misdemeanor indictments. I regret that the city did not await the outcome of the criminal justice process prior to addressing my employment status."
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(Kim tosses to bump) [BUMP] [COMM]

[2-11KB-Toys]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=cdo]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=1]

Welcome back to news 7 Mornin'
(School info)


In business news, A national toy company is heading for bankruptcy court, a company that employs hundreds of people in our area.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylania Co./December 2002;]

Yesterday, K-B Toys announced it's filed for bankruptcy protection. K-B operates an internet fulfillment center out of Blairs, near Danville. The facility hires over 15-hundred seasonal employees each year. The toy company says it hopes to emerge from chapter 11 protection before the next holiday shopping season. But it does plan to close four to five hundred stores. There is no word yet on what this announcement might mean to the Blairs employees.
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[Biz-Brief]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=2]


In other business news, J-P Morgan Chase is buying Bank-One Corporation for 60 billion dollars. The merger will keep J-P Morgan Chase as the nation's second largest bank in assets. In other news, stocks closed higher yesterday. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:10]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]

((STOCKS CLOSED IN THE PLUS COLUMN ON WEDNESDAY AS THE LATEST QUARTERLY REPORTING BEGINS.


THE DOW GAINED 111-POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ WAS UP 14.


U-S WHOLESALE PRICES WERE SLIGHTLY HIGHER IN DECEMBER.
THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS THE PRODUCER PRICE INDEX GAINED THREE-TENTHS OF A PERCENT FOR THE MONTH...THAT'S AFTER DROPPING THREE-TENTHS OF A PERCENT IN NOVEMBER.
DESPITE DECEMBER'S GRADUAL GROWTH THE GOVERNMENT SAYS, THE *CORE* P-P-I FELL ONE-TENTH OF A PERCENT.
THE CORE P-P-I *EXCLUDES* FOOD AND ENERGY PRICES.


DELTA AIR LINES POSTED A LOSS OF TWO-DOLLARS-69 CENTS A SHARE FOR ITS FOURTH QUARTER.
THAT IMPROVES ON THE LOSS OF TWO-DOLLARS-*89*-CENTS IT REPORTED A YEAR AGO.
ANALYTS HAD EXPECETED DELTA'S LOSS TO BE ONLY A DOLLAR-65 PER SHARE.
MEANWHILE, THE NATION'S THIRD LARGEST AIRLINE SAYS IT'S IN CONTINUING TALKS WITH ITS PILOTS UNION TO FURTHER REDUCE OPERATING COSTS.


K-B TOYS HAS FILED FOR CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY PROTETCTION.
THE PRIVATELY HELD CHAIN OF TOY STORES SAYS RETAIL COMPETITON AND A SLOW HOLIDAY BUYING SEASON CONTRIBUTED TO ITS BANKRUPTCY FILING.
K-B IS THE SECOND MAJOR TOY RETAILER TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY IN RECENT MONTHS.
F-A-O SCHWARZ SOUGHT CHAPTER 11 PROTECTION IN DECEMBER.


WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))

[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS] [STOCKS] [WOOD ROGERS SPONSOR BOARD 5185 ESSC] [COMM]


[2-11Bedford-Election]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=032-42 1:23:05]
[GRAPHIC=Election 2003]
[ENG#=4]

There will be another election in Bedford County to decide one county supervisor seat and one seat on the school board. The news comes after three-judge panel in Bedford voted unanimously yesterday to overturn the results of last year's elections.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


A registrar's mistake led 56 people on Clays Crossing Road to vote in the wrong district November 4th.
Supervisor Tony Ware and school board candidate Carolyn Dixon narrowly lost their races and challenged the results.
Yesterday, attorneys for the winners.. Steve Arrington and Betty Earle.. argued the mistake should not invalidate the election.
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[SOT 00:26:09//00:22:31]
[IN Q=The case law]

((DICK CRANWELL/DEFENDANTS' ATTORNEY: THE CASE LAW IS VERY CLEAR THAT MISTAKES BY ELECTION OFFICIALS SHOULD NOT NEGATE A FULL, FAIR AND FREE ELECTION.)) ((JOHNNY OVERSTREET/PLAINTIFFS' ATTORNEY: IF YOU REMOVE THESE VOTES AND THESE VOTERS, THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION, SUCH A CLOSE ELECTION IS QUESTIONABLE AND IN DOUBT.))
[SUPER=01-Dick Cranwell/Defendants' Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Johnny Overstreet/Plaintiffs' Attorney; :10]
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[OUT Q=questionable and in doubt.]
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[VO-NAT]


A new election will be held for the two seats this November.
Each board has 45 days to appoint a temporary replacement to serve until then.
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[11Maple-Leaf]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=03-55 29:02]
[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]
[ENG#=2]


The job situation appears more certain at a Roanoke bakery. It is wading through hundreds of applications to fill more than a dozen jobs this week.
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[VO-NAT :15]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

When Maple Leaf Bakery announced on television last week that it needed to fill as many as 40-positions, job applicants drove from as far away as *OHIO* to drop off a resume. The Human Resources manager says she was stunned by the turnout.
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[SOT 20:51:23 - 20:51:39]
[IN Q=When these people came in...]
[SUPER=01-Yvonne Schlotzer/Maple Leaf Bakery; :00]
[SUPER=01-Susan McCaslin/New Employee; :16]

((YVONNE SCHLOTZER/MAPLE LEAF BAKERY: WHEN THESE PEOPLE CAME IN AND DROPPED OFF THEIR APPLICATIONS THEY WERE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CALIBER OF PEOPLE. THEY WERE EARLY, WELL DRESSED, READY TO GO, ALOT OF THEM READY TO GO THE SAME DAY.))

((SUSAN McCASLIN/NEW EMPLOYEE: I'VE WORKED REALLY HARD. I THINK THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR, SOMEBODY THAT WANTS TO LEARN, WANTS TO GROW.))
[RUNS=:25]
[OUT Q=wants to learn, wants to grow.]
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[VO NAT :14] Susan McCaslin was hired Friday, went through orientation Tuesday and started work yesterday. She's one of fifteen people hired since last week. Maple Leaf plans to have the rest of the jobs filled by the end of the week.
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(Kim tosses to bump)

[BUMP] [COMM] [Winner]



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[SUPER=45-Pam Harris/Willis;]


[COMM]