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The state's parole board chairman resigns amid allegations of misconduct.
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And the partial government shutdown is into its fourth day. wx-head
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Metzger


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The State's Parole Board Chairman resigned yesterday- but John Metzger says he did not commit a crime.
Metzger did admit to irreconcilable differences with other parole board members, and to offending two female members with an "off-color" joke.
His resignation came-- just hours after an Administration audit was made public and turned over to State Police.
Ellen Qualls has more.
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SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/Va. Public Safety Secretary; :19
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(( But in a telephone interview, Metzger said he feels completely exonerated by the internal administration audit.
He says when he was first made aware of the falsifying of a parole warrant allegation, "at first blush it sure did look wrong" to him, but it's just an adminstrative error that's been corrected he says.
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((JERRY KILGORE/VA. PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY: WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT PROUD...READY TO MOVE FORWARD.))
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Not so fast.
House Democratic leader Tom Moss said the lesson is that rewarding political cronies with high public office can be a mistake.
Democrats would like Governor Allen to face a little more of this scandal.
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE: I KNOW VERY LITTLE... CALLED IN?))
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Secretary Kilgore tells us he HAS forwarded the audit to the State Police, with NO recommendation from the Governor.
So if Colonel Wayne Huggins of the Virginia State Police chooses to follow up, that's up to him.
He's also appointed by the Governor.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

Wythe-Prison


ANCHOR=Beth
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TAPE#95-100
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Corrections Corporation of America has WORN OUT its welcome in Wythe County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Wytheville/Yesterday;


The Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution yesterday OPPOSING any type of state, federal or private prison WITHIN its borders.
Prison opponents celebrated, after months of berating the board for NOT holding a public referendum BEFORE voting last January to welcome a private prison.
In last week's election, TWO prison supporters on the board were ousted, and TWO others reversed themselves yesterday.
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((ANDY KEGLEY/PRISON OPPONENT: THE BOARD, FINALLY WHEN THEY HEARD THE PEOPLE AND THE PEOPLE WERE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK THE BOARD HEARD, SIX-ONE IS A REAL GOOD SIGNAL THAT WYTHE COUNTY DOESN'T WANT A PRIVATE PRISON. )) ((CHARLES DIX/BLACK LICK SUPERVISOR: I REALLY DON'T THINK WYTHE COUNTY HAS A CHANCE OF GETTING A PRIVATE PRISON, SO I DIDN'T SEE ANY POINT IN FIGHTING IT ANY LONGER.))
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SUPER=01-Charles Dix/Black Lick Supervisor; :09
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VO-NAT
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C-C-A wants to put up a minimum-security prison on farmland in Wythe County.
It is one of three finalists for a state contract to build and operate a facility somewhere in the state.
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Federal-Budget


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With a Presidential veto waiting in the wings the Senate last night approved a measure to reopen the federal government through December fifth.
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VO-NAT
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President Clinton opposes the measure because it would bind him to balance the budget in seven years.
He says the bill calls for crippling cuts in Medicare and other social programs.
Mr. Clinton has also announced plans to recall thousands of furloughed workers.
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(( THIS COMING MONDAY, THE VA AND THE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE WILL RECALL A NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES. WITHOUT THEM, THE BACKLOG OF APPLICATIONS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY AND VETERANS BENEFITS WOULD BE SO LARGE, WE WOULD NOT RECOVER FOR MONTHS TO COME.))
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Meantime, Congressional Democrats are having a field day with House Speaker Newt Gingrich's recent statements about the budget.
Gingrich told reporters he'd taken a hard line on the budget, in part, because the President snubbed him on a plane ride home from Yitzhak Rabin's funeral.
The speaker didn't back down during an appearance on the C-B-S Evening News.
He called the plane ride a missed opportunity to discuss the budget.
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Reno


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The nation's top law enforcement officer is fighting her own personal battle.
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SUPER=03-Washington DC/Yesterday;


Yesterday Janet Reno revealed she has Parkinson's disease.
The 57- year old attorney feneral says she is taking medicine to control the symptons and plans to stay on the job.
Reno made the announcement in her weekly news conference after some reporters inquired about her left hand shaking.
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1-Sports


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In sports -- the Keydets played another exhibition game in Lexington.
Roy Stanley has the highlights. Good morning Roy.
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One-Larry


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(Live Interview)



SUPER=15-Larry Dowdy;
SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;



SUPER=13-Diane Brittingham/Puzzle Maker;



SUPER=13-Ron Virts/Carver & Painter;



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Rail-Study


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People in our area are getting to see how passenger train service would go through southwest Virginia.
Roanoke residents took a look at a study yesterday.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;


Consultants are recommending running a TILT train on conventional train tracks from Bristol to Washington and Richmond.
The twice daily train would have fourteen stops in between.
The director of rail and public transportation says his department will work closely with Norfolk Southern.
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((ALAN TOBIAS/DEPT. OF RAIL & PUBLIC TRANS.: WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO BE IN A POSITION TO HURT FREIGHT BUSINESS SO WE HAVE TO IDENTIFY PLACES WHERE THEIR MAY BE PROBLEMS AND LOOK AT WHAT KIND OF SOLUTION ARE NEEDED.))
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According to the study, it would take several years to make the necessary improvements to the rail lines.
Another hearing is set for Monday in Lynchburg.
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Kroger


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A strike at Kroger's distribution center in Roanoke County has been derailed.
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300 warehouse workers and truckers were ready to walk OFF the job Wednesday.
But the supermarket chain came up with a last minute offer.
Members of Teamsters local 1-71 will vote on it Sunday.
Now, they just want to find out what is IN the offer.
Kroger says the deal "is an outstanding offer which we are confident that the members will ratify".
The main issues in the contract dispute include working conditions and pay.
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The warehouse serves stores from Winchester to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Food-Lion


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First it was Kroger, then Harris Teeter, NOW another supermarket chain is offering more than just groceries.
Jay Moore takes us to Covington where he gives us a tour of Virginia's largest Food Lion.
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SUPER=01-Larry Cobb/Monroe Co., WV Resident; 1:05
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(( It closed as a Roses Department Store but now has reopened as one of the largest Food Lion stores ever.
Open 24 hours a day, this 40- thousand square foot store is the second of four larger supermarkets the chain will open in the next several months.
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((ED ROSENBAUM/STORE OPERATION SUPERVISOR: WE'VE TAKEN OUR BASIC STORE LAYOUT AND EXPANDED AND MADE A NEW, BRIGHTER, MORE LARGER, MORE ATTRACTIVE STORE. WE ADDED SEVERAL OTHER DEPARTMENT SUCH AS FLORAL AND WE EXPANDED OUR DELI, BAKERY OPERATIONS. ))
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This Hot Springs resident said she enjoyed the bakery but she did have one problem.
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((MADGE DUFOUR/HOT SPRINGS RESIDENT: WE JUST CAME DOWN TO SEE IT AND JUST HAVE A LITTLE FUN. REPORTER: DO YOU LIKE IT SO FAR? DUFOUR: YES I DO BUT I CAN'T GET THIS BAG OPEN.))
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And if you'd like to take a hot meal home to the family, and you just don't feel like stopping at fast-food restaurant you can take advantage of the self-service hot food bar.
Included in that is the Pizza Shop which allows customers to order freshly made pizza ready within six minutes.
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((JAY MOORE/REPORTER: THIS STORE OFFERS A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT ITEMS INCLUDING THE HOT FOOD BAR AND IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PET THEN THIS IS DEFINITIVELY THE PLACE TO COME. ))
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((LARRY COBB/MONROE CO., WV RESIDENT: WE DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO GO THROUGH THE WHOLE STORE BUT WHAT WE SAW WAS VERY IMPRESSIVE. ))
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Although the older Food Lion was closed, most residents were impressed with fact that the bigger store brought on the hiring of an additional 50 employees.
Jay Moore, News 7.))

Grant


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A Danville College will benefit from the generosity of a Roanoke woman's charitable trust.
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Averett College yesterday announced its largest gift in the college's 136- year history.
The late Mary (BLUNT) Blount, a former member of the college's Board of Trustees, has left nearly three- million dollars to the school.
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((DR. FRANK R. CAMPBELL/AVERETT COLLEGE PRESIDENT: TO KEEP IT IN PERSPECTIVE WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT 10- YEARS AGO AVERETT COLLEGE ONLY HAD 200-THOUSAND DOLLARS TOTAL IN ITS ENDOWMENT. TODAY WE HAVE OVER 10 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS THAT ALL OCCURRED IN A 10- YEAR FROMA. THERE HAVE BEEN NO GIFTS OF THIS SIZE AT ALL. ))
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A portion of the money will pay for renovations to the college chapel, which will be named in honor of Blunt's son.
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2-scores


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Wayne Gretzky had the honor of scoring his first six-point night in two years.
Gretzky wowed the crowd as Los Angeles ripped the New York Islanders.
For that score and others from the ice, let's go to the scoreboards.
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SUPER=103-Los Angeles/==9/NY Islanders/==2//St. Louis/==3/San Jose/==1;
SUPER=103-New Jersey/==2/Boston/==2//Philadelphia/==5/Ottawa/==3;
SUPER=103-Toronto/==5/Tampa Bay/==4//Vancouver/==2/Florida/==2;
SUPER=103-Chicago/==3/NY Rangers/==1;





Two-Larry


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(Live Interview)



SUPER=15-Larry Dowdy;
SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;



SUPER=13-David Tucciarone/Blacksmith;



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2HEADLINES


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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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The Commonwealth's parole board chairman steps down amid allegations of misconduct.
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VO-NAT
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One of the seven wonders of the world closes for the first time in nearly 80 years because of the government shutdown.
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VO-NAT
ANCHOR=Melanie


And the national Christmas tree makes a journey from the west.
The 75- foot Douglas Fir arrives in Washington early next month, after making several stops throughout the U-S.
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And that's what's making news on this Friday November 17th.
ANCHOR=Beth


DOn't go away, News 7 Mornin will be right back.

John-Metzger


ANCHOR=Melanie
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WRITER=equ
TAPE#95-98
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The State's Parole Board Chairman resigned just hours after an Administration audit was made public and turned over to State Police.
But John Metzger says he did not commit a crime.
He says he's just guilty of irreconcilable differences with other parole board members, and to offending two female members with an "off-color" joke.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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SUPER=@file; :00
SUPER=03-Richmond/February 1994; :09
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/Va. Public Safety Secretary; :19
SUPER=@Marye; :43
SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:01
RUNS=1:11
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.


(( But in a telephone interview, Metzger said he feels completely exonerated by the internal administration audit.
He says when he was first made aware of the falsifying of a parole warrant allegation, "at first blush it sure did look wrong" to him, but it's just an adminstrative error that's been corrected he says.
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((JERRY KILGORE/VA. PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY: WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT PROUD...READY TO MOVE FORWARD.))
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Not so fast.
House Democratic leader Tom Moss said the lesson is that rewarding political cronies with high public office can be a mistake.
Democrats would like Governor Allen to face a little more of this scandal.
sot 14:42:57

((SEN. MADISON MARYE: I KNOW VERY LITTLE... CALLED IN?))
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SOT ATTACH STANDUP HERE


Secretary Kilgore tells us he HAS forwarded the audit to the State Police, with NO recommendation from the Governor.
So if Colonel Wayne Huggins of the Virginia State Police chooses to follow up, that's up to him.
He's also appointed by the Governor.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

Prison


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#95-100
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Wythe County is NO longer welcoming Corrections Corporation of America.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Wytheville/Yesterday;


The Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution yesterday OPPOSING any type of state, federal or private prison WITHIN its borders.
Prison opponents celebrated, after months of berating the board for NOT holding a public referendum BEFORE voting last January to welcome a private prison.
In last week's election, TWO prison supporters on the board were ousted, and TWO others reversed themselves yesterday.
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SOT 13:21:37
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((ANDY KEGLEY/PRISON OPPONENT: THE BOARD, FINALLY WHEN THEY HEARD THE PEOPLE AND THE PEOPLE WERE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK THE BOARD HEARD, SIX-ONE IS A REAL GOOD SIGNAL THAT WYTHE COUNTY DOESN'T WANT A PRIVATE PRISON. )) ((CHARLES DIX/BLACK LICK SUPERVISOR: I REALLY DON'T THINK WYTHE COUNTY HAS A CHANCE OF GETTING A PRIVATE PRISON, SO I DIDN'T SEE ANY POINT IN FIGHTING IT ANY LONGER.))
SUPER=01-Andy Kegley/Prison Opponent;
SUPER=01-Charles Dix/Black Lick Supervisor;
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VO-NAT
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C-C-A wants to put up a minimum-security prison on farmland in Wythe County.
It is one of three finalists for a state contract to build and operate a facility somewhere in the state.
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BUDGET


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=MEL
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GRAPHIC=government shutdown


The Senate has given FINAL approval to a bill to END the partial federal shutdown, now in its FOURTH day.
But President Clinton still does NOT like the strings attached and promises a VETO.
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SUPER=03-Capitol Hill;


The legislation would RESTORE government services through December fifth.
It is conditional on the President's agreeing to a BALANCED budget in SEVEN years.
Mr. Clinton complains the G-O-P plan would LOCK IN what he labels ``crippling cuts in Medicare'' and other programs.
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The President has also announced plans to RECALL thousands of furloughed workers to process claims for Social Security and other benefits.


Grand-Canyon


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Grand Canyon National Park is another victim to the budget shutdown-
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SUPER=03-Grand Canyon, AZ/Yesterday;


It closed yesterday for the first time since it opened in 1919.
The Park will lose 18 to 20 thousand dollars a Day in park fees-
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((REPORTER: AND YOU DON'T HAVE ANY CHOICE IN THIS? WILLIAM BOHANON/GRAND CANYON LODGES: NOPE WE'RE UNDER CONTRACT TO THE GOVERNMENT. THE GOVERNMENT SAID SHUTDOWN SO WE DID.))
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Parkway


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=6am
WRITER=spr
TAPE#95-105
GRAPHIC=Blue Ridge Parkway


The budget impass is also affecting this region-
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


At six o'clock tonight - The Blue Ridge Parkway's concession areas and campgrounds will close indefinitely.
That includes the Peaks of Otter Lodge, until word from Washington.
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XMAS-TREE


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NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=MEL
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-San Francisco, CA/Yesterday;


At least one tourist attraction is not being affected by the shutdown.
The nation's Christmas tree is on its way to Washington.
The 75-foot Douglas fir first traveled through San Francisco for a ceremony at Golden Gate Park.
Some of the city's grade schoolers presented about 1-thousand handmade ornaments to adorn the tree, including a 6 foot red bow.
The tree is from northeastern California and will make stops in Utah, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Maryland before it arrives in the nation's capitol for a tree lighting ceremony on December 13th.
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3-Sports


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In sports, Roy Stanley has highlights of the Region Three and Region C girls basketball tournaments. Good morning Roy.
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Birthdays
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Three-Larry


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(Live Interview)



SUPER=15-Larry Dowdy;
SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;



SUPER=13-Rob Erwin/Tinker Creek Handworks;



SUPER=11-Roanoke Co.;



(Toss to bump)


Resignation


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=bmy
TAPE#95-98
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The State's Parole Board Chairman John Metzger has RESIGNED saying he did NOT commit a crime.
His resignation came-- just hours AFTER an Administration audit was made PUBLIC and turned over to State Police.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


In a phone interview, Metzger said he feels COMPLETELY exonerated by the internal administration audit.
SUPER=03-Richmond;


He says what looked like the falsifying of a parole warrant allegation... turned out to be an administrative error.
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((JERRY KILGORE/VA. PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY: WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT PROUD...READY TO MOVE FORWARD.))
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House Democratic leader Tom Moss says Governor Allen appointed Metzger and the Governor should face more of this scandal.
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE: I KNOW VERY LITTLE... CALLED IN?))
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ANCHOR=Beth
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Secretary Kilgore has forwarded the audit to the State Police, with NO recommendation from the Governor.
Colonel Wayne Huggins of the Virginia State Police, will decide IF a follow up investigation is necessary.
Huggins is ALSO appointed by the Governor.


Private-Prison


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=tal
TAPEedit of #95-100
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Corrections Corporation of America has worn out its welcome in Wythe County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Wytheville/Yesterday;


The Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution yesterday opposing any type of state, federal or private prison within its borders.
Prison opponents had criticized the board for not holding a public referendum before voting last January to welcome a private prison.
In last week's election, two prison supporters on the board were ousted, and two others reversed themselves yesterday.
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./File Tape;


C-C-A wants to put up a minimum-security prison on farmland in Wythe County.
It's one of three finalists for a state contract to build and operate a facility somewhere in the state.
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Bird


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cro
TAPE# none
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Former state Senator Daniel Woodrow Bird of Bland -- who served almost 25 years in the General Assembly -- has died.
Bird died last night at his home. He was 83.
He was elected to the House of Delegates in 19-47 and served there until he won a state Senate seat in 19-56.
Bird remained in the Senate until 19-71 -- when he decided NOT to run again.

Gatewood


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=THA
TAPE#95-92
GRAPHIC=NONE


In Danville, authorities have determined the identity of a decomposed body discovered there.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape;


The woman's remains were found October 28th behind Motley's Warehouse.
The body has been identified as Robin Annette Gatewood of 220- Sylvan Road in Danville.
Her cause of death is still unknown.
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Trigon


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cro
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Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield will refund millions of dollars to some of its customers next month.
At the request of the State Corporation Commission, Trigon has re-opened an insurance refund program that originally ended in January.
The refunds will be offered again because not many of the eligible customers filed claims.
The S-C-C ordered Trigon to give refunds because it charged policyholders more than it cost to reimburse hospitals.

Study


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# 95-104
GRAPHIC=Rail Service


A passenger rail service study is rolling its way through Southwest and Central Virginia.
Yesterday, Roanoke residents
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;

got a look at the plan.
Consultants are recommending running a train from Bristol to Washington and Richmond.
The twice daily train would have fourteen stops in between.
The director of rail and public transportation says his department will work closely with Norfolk Southern.
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((ALAN TOBIAS/DEPT. OF RAIL & PUBLIC TRANS.: WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO BE IN A POSITION TO HURT FREIGHT BUSINESS SO WE HAVE TO IDENTIFY PLACES WHERE THEIR MAY BE PROBLEMS AND LOOK AT WHAT KIND OF SOLUTION ARE NEEDED.))
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According to the study it would take several years to make the necessary improvements to the rail lines.
Another hearing is set for Monday in Lynchburg.
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4-scores


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cro
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In the N-B-A -- Sacramento ended a 23-game losing streak in Portland last night.
For that score and more, let's go to the scoreboards.
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SUPER=96-Orlando/=89/Indiana/=80//Houston/115/Milwaukee/=87;
SUPER=96-Sacramento/105/Portland/102//LA Clippers/103/Vancouver/=98;
SUPER=96-New York/120/Golden State/=97;

SUPER=97-Georgetown/106/Colgate/=57;