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Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Two wrecks at the same intersection in the fog- -one of them fatal.
The majority leader severs his relationship with TRIGON.
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And our own Len Besthoff has details of a significant problem at the Yokohama Tire Plant.
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Sports-Head


ANCHOR=Mike
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Tonight in sports, Tech returns to the Cassell, Steve Mason takes a look back at UVa's setback last night.
Magic talks about his comeback attempt.
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And billiards legend Minnesota Fats dies this morning at his home in

Nashville.
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WX-Head
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A major winter storm barrels through the nation's heartland with everything from mind-numbing wind chills to the threat of tornadoes. Fast moving forecast changes coming up.

460-Fatal


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The dense fog that blanketed the area all day may have been a factor in a fatal accident on Route 460 in Bedford County.
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Around 1:15, emergency personnel were called to the intersection of Routes 460 and 811.
Authorities say the driver of this passenger car was trying to cross 460 when she was hit broadside by a westbound Ryder rental truck.
The impact of the crash pushed the car more than 100 feet down the road.
State police say the foggy conditions may have contributed to the crash.
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((TROOPER D.R. SNEAD/VA STATE POLICE: IT HAS SOME TO DO WITH IT, BUT WITH THE LIGHTS AND ALL IT'S HARD TO SAY AT THIS POINT, WHETHER IT WAS A MAJOR FACTOR OR NOT. IT COULD HAVE BEEN DRIVER INATTENTION OR IT COULD BE FOG, WE'RE STILL CHECKING INTO THAT.))
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The victim has been identified as 56- year- old Barbara Ann Hill of Huddleston.
The driver of the truck also was injured.
It was the second accident at the same intersection today.
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Stokes


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TAPE#95-108
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You might call it a semi-sweet victory for a former girl scout troop leader.
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Catrice Stokes, who embezzled money from cookie sales, won't go to prison.
But she has been ordered to pay back all of the dough.
Stokes received a two- year- suspended sentence after pleading no contest to the charges in October.
She'll also be on probation until she pays court costs and more than 24- hundred dollars to the girl scouts.
Prosecutors did ask for a prison term.
And that had Stokes worried.
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((CATRICE STOKES/COOKIE MONEY EMBEZZLER: IT'S TRAUMATIZING FOR ME TO EVEN HAVE THE THOUGHT. BUT IT'S EVEN MORE TRAUMATIZING TO ME KNOWING THAT I'M SITTING HERE AND KNOWING THAT MY DAUGHTER'S SITTING IN LYNCHBURG WONDERING... WELL IS MOM IN JAIL YET OR NOT? ))
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Stokes' attorney thought the sentence was fair... considering she had no criminal past.
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((MARK KIDD/STOKES' ATTORNEY: SHE DOESN'T HAVE A RECORD AT ALL.. NOT EVEN A TRAFFIC CITATION WAS ON HER RECORD. SHE'S NEVER BEEN IN ANY TROUBLE BEFORE AND SO AS A FIRST OFFENSE, I THINK IT'S THE APPROPRIATE RESOLUTION. ))
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Stokes has taken a bite out of the debt.
She's already paid a 340- dollar chunk of it.
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Cranwell


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TAPE#95-114
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Delegate Dick Cranwell of Vinton cut off his six- year legal relationship with Trigon today -- and tried to put a hasty end to concerns about a conflict of interest.
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((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: EVERYONE ACKNOWLEDGES THAT I HAVE DONE NOTHING THAT VIOLATES THE LAW. I HAVE FULLY DISCLOSED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW. YET THERE IS STILL SOMETHING THERE.))
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The insurance giant is struggling for state approval to turn into a profit- making company.
When Cranwell's six- years of employment by Trigon was disclosed yesterday, he said he simply would abstain from voting on issues related to the move.
Today, he asked the ethics panel to look into past and future votes.
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Yokohama


ANCHOR=Keith
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TAPE#95-111
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The Yokohama Tire plant in Salem recently received a serious wake-up call from what may be its largest U-S customer.
When Yokohama bought the plant eight years ago, it invested 150- million dollars to improve the speed and quality of the tires it makes.
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But Len Besthoff says that doesn't mean there won't still be an occasional mistake.
He's at the tire plant in Salem tonight.
So how big a mistake are we talking about, Len?
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Keith one of the largest employers in our area says late last year, it sent a bad shipment of its tires to one of its largest customers.
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(( Employees who did not want to be identified say the customer is Price Costco, a warehouse club that buys about 35-percent of the tires made at the Yokohama plant in Salem each year.
The company admits it made a bad shipment, which was probably no bigger than a truckload, with tires that were mislabeled and cosmetically irregular.
Dan Hunter, Yokohama's Vice President of Marketing, discussed the matter on the phone with us from California.
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((DAN HUNTER/YOKOHAMA VP MARKETING: WE DROPPED THE BALL. WE MADE A MIS-SHIPMENT OF A TIRE TO A CUSTOMER.))
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But Hunter says it was a small number of tires compared to the amount Yokohama manufactures in Salem every year.
Nevertheless, it was serious enough that this customer contacted Yokohama and demanded it fire the person or persons responsible for the bad shipment.
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((HUNTER: DOES THAT CUSTOMER REALLY EXPECT US TO STORM INTO THAT PLANT AND FIRE SOMEONE? NO, I DON'T BELIEVE SO. BUT WAS SOMETHING LIKE THAT SAID TO DRIVE HOME A POINT HOME? YES IT WAS.))
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Yokohama stresses that it does take this botched shipment seriously, though it did not fire any workers.
For its part, Price Costco has not returned our phone calls.
And Yokohama insists that none of the mislabeled tires ever hit the shelves at Price Costco.
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(Keith QUESTION: SO HOW IS THIS PROBLEM BEING TAKEN CARE OF?)
Tease#1

HARD MUSIC UNDER
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Just ahead on News 7 at 6--Some state lawmakers find themselves face to face with the disturbing problem of cyber-porn.
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And Fifth District Congressman L-F Payne is pondering his future--will he run again?
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((CONGRESSMAN L-F PAYNE: "THIS DECISION FOR ME IS ONE I GO THROUGH EVERY TWO YEARS." ))
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We'll also have the latest on Payne's efforts to stop the Lake Gaston pipeline project. That story and more still to come.
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Cyber-Porn


ANCHOR=Keith
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TAPE#95-104
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Pornographic images.
Live sex chat.
Cyber- porn.
It's just a few computer mouse- clicks away on the Internet in homes, offices, and classrooms.
Now, Virginia's General Assembly is considering whether to plunge into its regulation.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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Before you've even gotten out your credit card, you can see this stuff.
And if you or your child uses the credit card -- you can see a lot more.
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((DEL. BOB MARSHALL: THIS IS THE KIND OF GARBAGE... WE HAVE A PROBLEM.))
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To better illustrate the problem, Marshall handed out printouts of the kinds of alternative sex sites he'd visited while contemplating legislation.
A reluctant House Commission on Corporations, Insurance, and Banking agreed they didn't like the smut -- but many are loathe to tread that close to the first amendment.
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Marshall's bill would ask for warning labels in the credit card bills that pay for the online services -- and the screens for the services themselves.
Virginia- based America Online says hold on.
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((LUCY WINKLER/AMERICAN ON LINE: FLAT OUT, THE .. THIS BILL PROPOSES.))
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The man who represents Blacksburg's electronic village supports the bill's intent.
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((DEL. JIM SHULER/D-BLACKSBURG: WELL I THINK FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND SMUT IS TWO DIFFERENT THINGS.))
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Will the federal government solve the problem in its giant telecommunications bill?
Will a General Assembly subcommittee recommend this legislation?
Stay tuned.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.

ABC-Robbery


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
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TAPE#95-107
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Two men armed with what appeared to be a shotgun and automatic style weapon robbed a Henry County liquor store last night.
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It happened around 7-15 at the A-B-C Store in Sheffield Square Shopping Center on Route 220.
The suspects were both wearing ski masks and gloves.
So far, investigators have NO suspects.
Authorities say there were two customers in the store at the time of the robbery.
The men apparently placed the money in a duffel bag before grabbing a bottle of liquor on their way out.
Authorities believe a getaway car was waiting.
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Payne


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=THa
TAPE#95-113
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There's been a lot of speculation recently over Congressman L- F Payne's political plans.
But it doesn't appear we'll find the answer to that question anytime very soon.
Even Payne himself isn't sure whether he's ready to seek another term in office.
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He plans to talk it over with his family before making an announcement in the next few weeks.
Payne says it's taken longer to decide because he's been working non-stop.
He recently co-sponsored the "Lake Gaston Protection Act".
The goal is to stall construction of the pipeline until the Governor of North Carolina can determine it will not have a negative impact on the Lake or other river basins.
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((REP. L. F. PAYNE/D- 5TH DISTRICT: THAT'S PENDING BOTH IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, IN COMMITTEES, AND HAS NOT YET COME OUT THE COMMITTEES, NOT YET COME TO THE FLOOR. AND, I DON'T NOW KNOW ABOUT THE TIMING OF THAT EXCEPT A NUMBER OF US IN VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, PARTICULARLY, ARE VERY INTERESTED IN. ))
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Payne is also a member of "The Blue Dog Democrats."
One goal of the conservative group is to help reach a budget compromise.
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Renfro


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WRITER=tal
TAPE#95-106
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Business has a sock manufacturer in Pulaski bursting at the seams.
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So, Renfro Corporation will start building this Spring to double the size of its Newbern Road plant.
About 230 workers will transfer from its Main Street facility, which will close.
The expansion should be complete this Fall, and create up to 450 new jobs over the next few years.
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((DOC REAGAN/RENFRO PLANT MANAGER: IT WILL BE APPROXIMATELY 105 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT ADDITION. WE WILL BE CONSOLIDATING OUR MAIN STREET PLANT WITH THE NEWBERN ROAD PLANT TO MAKE 150 THOUSAND DOZEN PAIRS OF SOCKS A WEEK. ))
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Renfro is also adding millions of dollars worth of new equipment at its Jefferson Avenue plant to increase production there.
The company currently employs 13 hundred people in Pulaski.
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Polymer


ANCHOR=Keith
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WRITER=tal
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It was ALMOST a split decision, but by a narrow margin workers at the Polymer Corporation in Wytheville have voted to join the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers union.
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All 118 eligible workers cast ballots yesterday and today.
The final tally, 60 IN FAVOR of the union, and 58 AGAINST.
The National Labor Relations Board must certify the results before contract negotiations may begin.
Polymer has seven days in which it may file objections with the N-L-R-B.
In 1993 employees REJECTED the United Steelworkers by a margin of two- to- one.
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Polymer Human Resources Manager Mary Jane Umberger says she believes the fact that a neighboring plant, Morton International is represented by O-CAW tipped the scales in favor of the union this time.

Stocks


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A rally on Wall Street today saw the Dow climb 57 and a half points.
NASDAQ was up nine points.
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Pulaski-Jail


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TAPE#95-115
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The Pulaski County sheriff's department inquiry into missing funds at the jail has turned into a full criminal investigation.
When News-7 first reported on the matter earlier this month, Sheriff Ralph Dobbins said it was too soon to know whether the money had been stolen, or if an accounting error was to blame.
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Dobbins was unavailable today, but Captain Jim Davis confirmed nearly five thousand dollars was stolen from an inmate work release fund.
Prisoners pay the jail 10 dollars out of their earnings for every day they work.
Jailers with access to the funds have been undergoing lie detector tests for weeks.
Davis wouldn't comment on suspects, but says the investigation should wrap up in a couple of weeks.
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Wheelan


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NEWSCAST=6pm
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TAPE#96-2
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The first black woman to head up Central Virginia Community College may have her sights set on greener pastures.
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Belle Wheelan was named head of the Lynchburg school four years ago, but says it may now be time to move on.
Wheelan is a finalist for the presidency of Shelby State Community College in Memphis, Tennessee.
She says it could be mid- February before she interviews for the post.
Wheelan says she might enjoy the challenge of confronting Shelby State's numerous financial and enrollment problems, but does NOT know whether she'd accept the job if it's offered.
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Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Mike
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WRITER=Mike
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The Hokies return to the Cassell tonight to battle Purnell's Flyers.
Magic Johnson talks about his reported comeback.
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And Steve Mason says Virginia needs to rebound in more ways than one from last night's loss to North Carolina.
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S-Tech


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
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With Cassell Coliseum finally safe, the 11th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies can focus on tonight's 7pm HOME contest with Atlantic-10 opponent Dayton.
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The Hokies enter this evening's game with a perfect 3 and OH record in the A-10's west division.
And while the 6 thousand plus fan turnout at the Roanoke Civic Center on Monday was nice, there's no place like home.
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Tonight also marks a homecoming for Dayton head coach Oliver Purnell, who got his coaching start at Radford in 1988.
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S-Radford


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
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The Radford mens team is in action tonight at the Dedmon Center against UMBC.
The game tipsoff at 7:30 and this is a makeup of the original game that was snowed out on January 8th.

S-UVA


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
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TAPE#=VB96-1
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Virginia has a reputation for playing tenacious defense and hustling. But last night UNC beat UVa with those very traits. Steve Mason has another look at the 67-53 break down.
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S-Magic


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
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Magic Johnson is back on the court with the Los Angeles Lakers.
And that means the rumor mill in Tinseltown is working overtime.
Magic has been practicing with the team all week, fueling speculation that he's ready for another comeback.
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S-Pierce


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
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defending French Open champion Mary Pierce was dethroned today in Melbourne.
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The fourth seeded Pierce lost to Elena Likhovtseva in straight sets; 6-4, 6-4. Likhovtseva is the world's 51st ranked player.
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One diamond note, Major League Baseball owners have unanimously approved interleague play in 1997. It still must be okayed by the Players Association.

S-Fats


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WRITER=Mike
TAPE#s5-27
GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS


And finally tonight, one of the most colorful sports figures of all-time died this morning at his home in Nashville.
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Rudolph Wanderone Jr., better know as Minnesota Fats passed away at his home

today after suffering heart failure.
"Fats" considered himself the greatest billiards player of all-time.
Although most considered him more of a hustler.
According to the Associated Press, Fats would have been 96 years old tomorrow.
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