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A pre- winter snow-storm came even earlier than predicted. Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: white stuff on the ground with more on the way.
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ANCHOR=Keith


And the effects of the federal government shutdown.

Sports-head


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
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Tonight in sports, Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville as the Cavaliers get ready for this weekend's showdown with Tech.
Plus former Dolphin Mercury Morris slips in the Roanoke Valley this afternoon.
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And Daniel Berthiaume re-signs with the Roanoke Express. We'll hear from the popular goalie tonight in sports.
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WX-Head
TALENT=Robin
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Our weather view features winter precipitation through Tuesday night. Be prepared for icy driving conditions everywhere and heavy snow in the western mountains.

Snow


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#95-80
GRAPHIC=Winter WX


Western Virginia is under a Winter Storm Watch tonight after a small taste of snow and ice this morning.
The storm dropped significant snowfall especially in higher elevations.
Icy conditions contributed to a number of accidents overnight.
More worrisome, perhaps, more snow may be on the way.
Double Boxes=Keith/Joe


Joe Dashiell brings us up to date from his vantage point atop Mill Mountain.
Joe=Live Microwave
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SUPER=05-Roanoke;
(Joe adlibs)
(Rollcue : Early winter may be on the way.)
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((At Hammerhead Hardware, it's open season on snow shovels, rock salt and sleds.
The taste of winter weather we received this morning, and the threat of more to come, brought a small wave of customers through the doors.
In Botetourt County, the storm dropped more than an inch of snow in some places.
In Montgomery County, icy conditions contributed to at least three accidents on interstate 81.
By mid- afternoon, the snow plows were idle, but state crews were poised to pounce on whatever mix the next 24 hours will bring.
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And while students were heading home this afternoon with hopes for holiday, others were wishing the ice and snow would pass us by.
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Joe adlibs tosses to Keith Keith tosses to Robin.

School-List


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
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GRAPHIC=Winter WX


The threat of winter weather has prompted cancelation of night classes at two schools the area.
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Take School Watch
There will be NO evening classes tonight at Dabney Lancaster Community College... that includes Clifton Forge and Rockbridge County.
Also, no adult evening classes tonight at Jackson River Technical Center.
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Henry-Shooting


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=rjo
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


The 82- year- old Martinsville woman who shot and killed a burglary suspect this weekend had died as well.
Police say Elva Holsclaw shot 30- year- old Scott Thompson inside her home on Purdue Street around 3-A-M Saturday.
Thompson fled from the house and collapsed in the street and died.
Holsclaw fell during the incident, and she was taken to the hospital.
She died at 9:30 this morning.
The cause of her death has not been released, and police are still investigating.

Federal-Budget


ANCHOR=keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=spr
TAPE#95-82
GRAPHIC=NONE


The federal government is heading for a shutdown.
President Clinton today vetoed a measure that would have raised the debt ceiling.
Now it seems that the government will run out of money at midnight.
But what does it really mean, and how will this effect people in our area?
Double Boxes=Keith/Scott Microwave


Scott Prince is at the Poff Federal Building in Roanoke.
Unless there's a last-minute compromise, Scott, what's likely to happen here?
LIVE=Scott full
SUPER=@Scott1;
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Well for starters, it means most of the area's federal employees will be off the job.
But it also means fear and uncertainty for many local seniors and veterans.
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(( For those who collect social security, the thought of a government shutdown causes confusion.
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Veterans are also worried.
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((GEORGE BALDWIN/VETERAN: IT'S GOING TO PUT ME SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY-- IT'S GOING TO PUT ME IN A BIND. ))
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But is there real cause for alarm when it comes to benefit checks? Most federal workers say no.
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((FRED AYSCUE/SOCIAL SECURITY DISTRICT DIRECTOR: THE CHECKS TO THE BENEFICIARIES THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THIS SHUTDOWN. ))
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((DIANE WALTON/VETERANS AFFAIRS: UNLESS IT WAS A SPECIAL PAYMENT OR SOMEONE WHO JUST APPLIED FOR BENEFITS AND THEIR FIRST CHECK WAS DUE, THEY WON'T BE AFFECTED.))
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But federal workers will.
Ninety percent of Veterans Affairs workers in Roanoke will be furloughed.
That percentage holds true for those in the Social Security office.
And most Blue Ridge Parkway officials will be told to stay home.
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((PETER GIVENS/BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES ON THE PARKWAY WILL BASICALLY BE THOSE INVOLVED IN PROTECTING LIFE AND PROPERTY AND I'M NOT ONE OF THOSE SO IN THOSE TERMS, NON- ESSENTIAL AND I WILL NOT REPORT TOMORROW ))
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Keith, the federal workers I talked to are obviously worried about their paychecks.
They've been told they will get paid-- they're just not sure when.
DOUBLE BOXES Scott/Keith


(QUESTION: Chief Judge Jackson Kiser has declared the federal court an essential service, so the judges will continue to hear and decide cases.
But other offices there will be CLOSED tomorrow, Scott?)
That's one of things that can't be done if the government closes up shop. If someone wants to apply for benefits they'll have to wait until after a shutdown.
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ANCHOR=Keith
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Still to come on the newscast, Kroger and the Teamsters plan last minute efforts to avert a strike,
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and Len Besthoff looks at the economic impact of what some people call the Golden Leaf in part one of our series, "Tobacco Under Fire."
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Fire


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#95-92
GRAPHIC=Fire


Firefighters in Roanoke are on the scene of a house fire in Southeast at the moment.
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VO-NAT
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The house burst into flames just before six.
The front and side of the house at the corner of 7th and Highland Southeast are on fire.
No word on whether anyone was inside at the time.
And no word on the cause of the fire.
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Monday-Tobacco


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#95-90
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Series Logo


Tobacco: It's an industry that brings big bucks into Virginia's economy.
It is also an industry increasingly under attack for the potential health hazards connected to smoking.
This week we bring you a series called "Tobacco...Under Fire".
CHROMAKEY=Live/Len


Tonight, Len Besthoff examines the economic impact.
So Len, how big a role does tobacco play in Virginia's economy?
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Keith, tobacco isn't as big as it once was in Virginia, but it still remains a force to be reckoned with.
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The estimates vary, but a 1990 study says that one in every 25 people in Virginia are directly or indirectly employed by the tobacco industry. Nat Sot from warehouse
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((Most people when they think of the tobacco industry think of the farms where the tobacco's grown and then cured in barns like the ones you see here behind me. But in the typical tobacco community, there are lots of people involved in the businesses providing everything from farm equipment to financing. ))
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Then there are the companies that handle the tobacco after its grown, the warehouses, the processors, and the cigarette makers.
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((TOM BUNDY/SOUTHWEST TOBACCO WAREHOUSE: WE DEPEND ON A GREAT DEAL ON THE WAREHOUSE FOR OUR ANNUAL INCOME. AND OF COURSE IT GOES ON TO, ALL THE WAY DOWN TO CONVENIENCE STORE OWNERS AND OPERATORS AND THE PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR THEM.))
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Virginia is the nations' fifth largest tobacco producer, ranking only behind North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
It's the state's NUMBER ONE cash crop.
Soybeans, peanuts, corn, and wheat don't even come close in total sales. Nat Sot from Danville auction file
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About 75-percent of Virginia's tobacco crop is the flue-cured variety.
It's dried using artificial heat.
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((DAVID REED/EXTENSION AGRONOMIST SOUTHERN PIEDMONT AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION IN BLACKSTONE:
THE FLUE-CURED TOBACCO IS PRODUCED IN SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA, THE COUNTIES IN THE SOUTHERN PIEDMONT REGION OF THE STATE. PARTICULARLY THOSE BORDERING NORTH CAROLINA.))
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Burley tobacco grown in Southwest Virginia accounts for 20 percent of the state's crop.
It's air cured under natural weather conditions.
The five largest tobacco producing counties in Virginia are Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Washington, and Lunenburg.
And there's no doubt how profitable the crop is.
The average tobacco farmer has gross sales of four-thousand-dollars an acre.
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((GERALD COULTHARD/TOBACCO FARMER: TOBACCO RAISES MORE PER ACRE THAN ANY OTHER PRODUCT THAT YOU CAN RAISE. AND IT'S JUST...IT'S A LIFESTYLE OF THIS AREA OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.))
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A lot of small farming communities will be hurt if there's a severe decline in the tobacco industry.
But while tobacco is the state's number one cash crop, it ISN'T the state's top agricultural commodity.
Chickens, beef-and-dairy-cattle, and turkey sales are all greater.))
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Most of the tobacco video you just saw came from far southwest Virginia.
Part two of our series comes from Southside Virginia, the heart of the state's tobacco industry.
Teresa Hamilton's in our Danville Bureau with more on that.
So Teresa, what's coming up tomorrow?

Teresa-Live


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NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=THA
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LIVE=Teresa Full
SUPER=@Teresa1;
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Len,
Tobacco and Southside Virginia are synonymous.
But with tobacco under scrutiny, some critics say Southside Farmers need to be searching for an alternative crop.
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But for the thousands of tobacco farmers in this area, there simply is no comparison.
Many Southside farmers have tried raising broccoli, cucumbers and strawberries.
And, some have even turned to cattle.
But the farmers we spoke with say the money just doesn't compare.
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Keith, tomorrow we'll explain what makes tobacco so profitable and why other crops have failed.

Kroger


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#95-29
GRAPHIC=Kroger


Shoppers are hitting the supermarkets in droves with this bad weather on the way.
But the management at Kroger is probably concentrating on how it will restock its shelves once the rush is over.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


The union representing 300 area drivers and warehouse workers may go on strike tomorrow night due to stalled contract talks.
The main argument is about wages.
The two sides have scheduled talks for Wednesday, and Kroger says it hopes the Teamsters local 171 won't go on strike before then.
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ANCHOR=Keith
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The union has no comment.

Stocks


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#=
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The threat of a government shutdown did not discourage the stock market.
On Wall Street today, the DOW ROSE two and a-half points to set yet another record high of 48 hundred-73.
Nasdaq lost ground.
It dropped six points.
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Tech-Visitors


ANCHOR=Jean
NEWSCAST=11
WRITER=tal
TAPE#95-88
GRAPHIC=Va. Tech


Virginia Tech is asking the General Assembly to increase its budget by 13 million dollars.
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At its quarterly meeting today, the Board of Visitors reviewed the two- year spending plan, which was submitted to the state last Friday.
In includes new outreach programs to enhance statewide economic development efforts, as well as funding for new technology.
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((MINNIS RIDENOUR/EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT: IN TERMS OF THE NEXT BIENNIUM, WE'RE ASKING FOR NEW INITIATIVES OF 13 MILLION, HAVING TO DO PRIMARILY WITH CHANGING THE WAY WE TEACH, LEARN AND ADMINISTER THE UNIVERSITY, WITH THOSE BEING DIRECTED TOWARDS TECHNOLOGY. ))
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The board was also briefed on State Council of Higher Education recommendations which call for six percent faculty pay raises over each of the next four years.
The General Assembly must approve those recommendations, as well as Tech's 501- million- dollar budget proposal.
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Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#sports tease
GRAPHIC=NONE


Coming up tonight in sports, we begin our weeklong look at the 100th meeting between Virginia Tech and UVa.
We'll hear from goalie Daniel Berthiaume, who'se beak with the Express.
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Plus Eugene "Mercury" Morris was in town today to share his story and lend a hand to the Roanoke Valley's United Way campaign.
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S-Virginia


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=FB95-1
GRAPHIC=UVa football


The Virginia Cavaliers moved up to number 13 in the country after this weekend's win over Maryland. Steve Mason has more on the cavs ACC title, the bowl situation and playing Virginia tech this weekend.
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S-Michigan


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#FB95-2
GRAPHIC=COLLEGE FOOTBALL


UVa's first opponent this season, the Michigan Wolverines have decided to take the interim descriptive off of Lloyd Carr's title.
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The longtime Michigan assistant took over the football program as an interim head coach when Gary Moeller resigned in the offseason.
Carr has led the Wolverines to an 8-and-2 record this season
The terms of the deal will be announced at the end of the season.
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S-Mercury


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#FB95-3
GRAPHIC=UNITED WAY


The 1995 United way campaign in the Roanoke Valley is nearing its end, and today former Dolphin Mercury Morris arrived in the valley to lend a little support to the cause.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00


Morris, who has played in the Super Bowl and been in prison for drug violations, was ushered into the Marriott's Grand ballroom by the William Byrd Cheerleaders.
He says his unique and often unfortunate experiences make speaking on behalf of the United Way a natural experience.
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The Campaign celebrated the "Two minute Warning" today with news that 4 point 3 of the five million dollar goal has already been contributed.
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S-Express


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#ICE-95
GRAPHIC=EXPRESS


The Roanoke Express got a big lift this morning when popular goalie Daniel Berthiaume re-signed with the team.
Berthiaume leave the Detroit Vipers of the IHL to rejoin the Express, and he will be in uniform tomorrow night as Roanoke travels to Raleigh.
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((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/SIGNS WITH EXPRESS:))
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