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7L'burg-Chase

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-14
GRAPHIC=none


A high-speed chase through central Virginia ends with the arrest of one man and the search for another.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Night;


It all started just before 11 last night, when a Lynchburg police officer spotted a stolen car outside the 7-11 store on Fort Avenue.
The car sped off with local, county and state police joining in the pursuit.
The chase wound through Lynchburg, Campbell and Bedford Counties, reaching speeds of close to 100 miles an hour.
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SOT 16:42:50
IN Q=Of course we

((TROOPER JEFF BAKER/VA STATE POLICE: OF COURSE WE TRIED TO STOP HIM SEVERAL TIMES ON THE BACK ROADS BECAUSE HE WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, GOING AROUND CURVES, VERY LIGHT TRAFFIC BUT STILL IT'S A HIGH RISK ON THOSE BACK ROADS.)) ((CMDR. JACK LEWIS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: HE CAME THROUGH A SERIES OF ATTEMPTS TO STOP HIM BY CHANGING LANES ONCE ON 460, GOING IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS, COMING BACK THROUGH A COUPLE OF ATTEMPTS TO STOP HIM WITH MOVING CONTAINMENT.))
SUPER=01-Trooper Jeff Baker/Va. State Police; :00
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Jack Lewis/Lynchburg Police; :10
RUNS=:25
OUT Q=with moving containment.
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VO-NAT


After a 45- minute chase, the two suspects wrecked the stolen car on Route 2-21 and fled into nearby woods.
A police tracking dog helped locate the alleged driver, 20-year-old Lewis Arthur Carroll of Forest, about an hour later.
He's charged with possession of a controlled substance, grand larceny, driving with a suspended license, failure to stop for a police officer and reckless driving.
The other suspect remains at large.
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7Fatal-Ax


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#None
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A single vehicle accident in Franklin County last night killed one person and injured two others. Authorities say 22-year-old Eric Lee Baker of Woodstock was killed when the car he was driving ran off the road and struck a tree.
Police say Baker was traveling west when he cut to avoid something crossing the road.
The accident happened just before 11 on Route 40 West between Rocky Mount and Ferrum.

7Kroger


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#96-23
GRAPHIC=Kroger


Kroger employees will NOT walk off the job--
Union members met last night and voted in favor of a new contract offer.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
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SOT
IN Q=People who got everything
SUPER=01-Charles Dougill/Contract Opponent; :00
SUPER=01-Bonnie Gills/Contract Supporter; :07
SUPER=01-Steve Shipplett/Contract Supporter; :12
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :21
SUPER=01-Gary Summers/Contract Opponent; :41
SUPER=01-Tom McNutt/UFCW Local 400 President; 1:08
SUPER=@Kimberly1; 1:22
RUNS=1:35
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7

((
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SOT tape 2 8:38:38

((CHARLES DOUGILL/CONTRACT OPPONENT: PEOPLE WHO GOT EVERYTHING ALREADY GOT MORE. PEOPLE, YOUNG PEOPLE GOT NOTHING AND WILL NEVER GET NOTHING. ))
RUNS=:05
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SOT tape 2 8:39:20

((BONNIE GILLS/CONTRACT SUPPORTER: I THINK PEOPLE THAT'S BEEN THERE A LONG TIME DESERVES A LITTLE MORE THAN THOSE WHO WERE HIRED YESTERDAY. ))
RUNS=:05
(/////SOT/////)
SOT tape 2 8:31:33

((STEVE SHIPPLETT/CONTRACT SUPPORTER: SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO VOTE YOUR OWN CONSCIENCE AND WHEN THEY COME UP THROUGH THE RANKS AND THEY GET TO WHERE WE GOT TO, THEN THEY'LL BE MAKING MORE MONEY BECAUSE OF THIS. ))
RUNS=:08


At first glance, it appears the union vote was divided between the new versus senior employees.
Their newly- passed contract provides a dollar- ten wage increase over the next five years-- and maintains health benefits.
But some who've worked for Kroger many years say that's not enough.
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SOT TAPE 2 8:19:35

((GARY SUMMERS/CONTRACT OPPONENT: WE HAVE HAD ABOUT A 45- CENT INCREASE OVER A 12- YEAR PERIOD. AND THERE'S A LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO-- AND THIS CONTRACT FRANKLY DOES NOT DO THAT. ))
RUNS=:11


What the contract does do is increase annual incentives packages, provided employees meet the company's goals.
And while some workers say they've been sold out-- the union president
says it was ultimately their choice. (/////SOT/////)
SOT tape 2 8:49:12

((TOM MCNUTT/UFCW LOCAL 400 PRESIDENT: THIS IS A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. THERE'S ALWAYS PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY WITH IT. BUT THERE'S OBVIOUSLY 855 WHO ARE. THAT'S THE WAY THE SYSTEM WORKS. ))
RUNS=:09

Take Pre-pro please
Meanwhile, Kroger officials say they're pleased that the latest offer was accepted-- especially since this is the start of the busy Easter week. end pre-pro Standup here
At least for now, Kroger employees will not be exchanging the checkout lanes for the picket lines--
The new contract was approved by a vote of 855 to 583.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))

7Weather


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Turning now to the forecast -
Mostly sunny skies today with temperatures around 60 degrees.
Tonight will be fair with lows in the mid to upper 30s.
More sun on the way tomorrow, with temperatures in the mid 70s.

55Drug-Bust


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=rjo
TAPE#96-16
GRAPHIC=None


A state police trooper on patrol in Rockbridge County helped nab two suspects wanted by the F-B-I in connection with drug, tax and murder investigations.
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VO-NAT


Jerry and Colleen Sexton of Charleston, South Carolina, were arrested in
an R-V near Lexington Sunday morning afer a state trooper SUPER=03-Rockbridge

Co.; recognized their vehicle from a police bulletin.
Police found drugs and guns in their vehicle and arrested the Sextons without incident.
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SOT 06:16:38
IN Q=I was just on

((DAVE ALBERT/STATE TROOPER: I WAS JUST ON ROUTINE PATROL. GETTING READY TO GET BACK OUT ON THE INTERSTATE AND HAPPENED TO OBSERVE THE VEHICLE THAT MATCHED THE DESCRIPTION. I HAD WRITTEN DOWN THE THE DESCRIPTION ON THE VEHICLE ON A NOTE PAD IN MY CRUISER AND JUST FOR SAKE, I SAW THE ONE THAT MATCHED IT WHICH PULLED IN AND SAW THE TAG AND ONCE I SAW THE TAG I KNEW I HAD THE VEHICLE.))
SUPER=01-Dave Albert/State Trooper;
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=had the vehicle.
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VO-NAT


Police confiscated about a kilo of cocaine, some meth-amphetamines, and various guns.
They are wanted by the F-B-I for narcotics violations and tax evasion and are suspects in murder investigations in at least two states.
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55Anderson


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#96-30
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A 20- year- old man is sentenced to 20 years in prison for arson.
Jermain Anderson has a limited mental capacity and a history of setting fires.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday; (quick!)


Anderson is not retarded but has severe emotional problems.
SUPER=04-December, 1994;


Just before Christmas in 1994, he set fire to his grandmother's house. Unlike the fatal fire he set at age seven, THIS time everybody got out safely.
But Police had their hands full with Anderson.
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SOT 2:14:05
IN Q=and he

((LT. J.B, LAHAR/ROANOKE POLICE: AND HE STOOD BEFORE THE FIRE STARING AT IT WITH THIS GREAT KNIFE UPRAISED, AND I COULD SEE HIS MUSCLES TENSE LIKE A WEIGHT LIFTER HE WAS SO ENERGIZED BY THIS FIRE, AND WHEN HE SAW OFFICER HORN AND MYSELF, HE TURNED AND LOOKED DIRECTLY IN MY EYE AND HE THREW THAT KNIFE RIGHT AT ME.))
SUPER=01-Lt. J.B. Lahar/Roanoke Police;
RUNS=:27
OUT Q=right at me.
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VO-NAT


Under questioning from his own attorney, Anderson apologized to Lieutenant Lahar (LAY-har).
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SOT 2:52:20
IN Q=I'm sorry for what I did to him

((I'M SORRY FOR WHAT I DID TO HIM BY THROWING THE KNIFE AT HIM I SHOULD NEVER HAVE DONE IT. ))
SUPER=01-Jermaine Keith Anderson/Arsonist;
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=have done it.
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VO-NAT


Judge Diane Strickland said she wished there was something else she could do, but she sent Anderson to the penitentiary.
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55Religious-Meals


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-25
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal


Virginia prisoners must now show proof of their religious belief before they can have special religious meals.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


Virginia corrections officials say it's a budget- driven mandate.
Special diets cost more than the usual prison fare.
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SOT 04:04:02
IN Q=The method

((JERRY KILGORE/VA. SECRETARY OF PUBLIC SAFETY: THE METHOD OF PROOF IS NOT DIFFICULT. ALL WE'RE ASKING IS FOR A WRITTEN STATEMENT FROM THE RELIGIOUS LEADER IN THAT ORGANIZATION. WHATEVER RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION THEY'RE INVOLVED WITH.))
SOT 04:18:26

((KENT WILLIS/VA. ACLU: WHAT THE STATE HAS SAID IS THAT WE'RE GONNA GIVE YOU A MEAL. WE'RE GONNA DANGLE IT IN FRONT ...OF THE PRISONERS.))
SUPER=@Kilgore;
SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Va. ACLU; :15
RUNS=:27
OUT Q=the prisoners
TALENT=Melanie
SS=Virginia State Seal


The American Civil Liberties Union adds that the state's new policy could put it on the wrong end of a religious freedom lawsuit.

55Bond-Issue


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=MORNING
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#96-20
GRAPHIC=roanoke county seal


The polls are open in Roanoke County this morning.
Voters are deciding the fate of a 37- point- four million dollar bond issue.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


The proposal includes money for improvements at schools throughout the county, but the bulk of the money, more than 33 million, is earmarked for construction of a new south county high school.
Supporters say the project is needed to ease overcrowding, and replace outdated facilities, but opponents are questioning the cost, the suitability of the site, and the fairness of a bond issue that benefits one section of the county more than another.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


The polls will be open until 7 tonight.

55Weather


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NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=nle
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Turning now to the forecast -
A nice, spring day is in store for us today.
Expect mostly sunny skies and temperatures around 60 degrees.
Tonight will be fair with lows in the mid to upper 30s.

8L'burg-Chase


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-14
GRAPHIC=none


One man is behind bars and another is still on the loose after a high-speed chase through central Virginia last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Night;


It began just before 11, when a Lynchburg police officer spotted a stolen car outside the 7-11 store on Fort Avenue.
The car sped off with local, county and state police joining in the pursuit.
The chase wound through Lynchburg, Campbell and Bedford Counties, reaching speeds of close to 100 miles an hour.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 16:42:50
IN Q=Of course we

((TROOPER JEFF BAKER/VA STATE POLICE: OF COURSE WE TRIED TO STOP HIM SEVERAL TIMES ON THE BACK ROADS BECAUSE HE WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, GOING AROUND CURVES, VERY LIGHT TRAFFIC BUT STILL IT'S A HIGH RISK ON THOSE BACK ROADS.)) ((CMDR. JACK LEWIS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: HE CAME THROUGH A SERIES OF ATTEMPTS TO STOP HIM BY CHANGING LANES ONCE ON 460, GOING IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS, COMING BACK THROUGH A COUPLE OF ATTEMPTS TO STOP HIM WITH MOVING CONTAINMENT.))
SUPER=01-Trooper Jeff Baker/Va. State Police; :00
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Jack Lewis/Lynchburg Police; :10
RUNS=:25
OUT Q=with moving containment.
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VO-NAT


After a 45- minute chase, the two suspects wrecked the stolen car on Route 2-21 and fled into nearby woods.
A police tracking dog helped locate the alleged driver, 20-year-old Lewis Arthur Carroll of Forest, about an hour later.
He's charged with possession of a controlled substance, grand larceny, driving with a suspended license, failure to stop for a police officer and reckless driving.
The other suspect remains at large.
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8No-Strike


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=nle
TAPE#Edit of 96-23/Kroger
GRAPHIC=Kroger


Kroger employess agreed on a new contract with company officials last night, and will not walk onto the picket line.
Still, not all of the workers are pleased.
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VO-NAT


The newly- passed contract provides a dollar- ten wage increase over the next five years-- and maintains health benefits.
But some, say that's not enough.
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SOT TAPE 2 8:19:35
IN Q=WE HAVE HAD

((GARY SUMMERS/CONTRACT OPPONENT: WE HAVE HAD ABOUT A 45- CENT INCREASE OVER A 12- YEAR PERIOD. AND THERE'S A LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO-- AND THIS CONTRACT FRANKLY DOES NOT DO THAT. )) ((REBECCA PHILLIPS/CONTRACT OPPONENT: IT DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING TO THE PART- TIMERS BECAUSE WE DON'T GET ANYTHING ANYWAY. I WORK-- I'VE BEEN THERE ALMOST A YEAR AND I'VE GOTTEN FOUR-FIFTY AN HOUR SINCE THE DAY I STARTED, AND IT'S WHERE I'LL STAY FOREVER. THAT'S WHY I'M GOING IN THE NAVY BECAUSE KROGER'S AIN'T GOING TO PAY ME. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Summers/Contract Opponent;
SUPER=01-Rebecca Phillips/Contract Opponent; :12
RUNS=:23
OUT Q=GOING TO PAY ME
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But not all of the workers were disappointed with the new agreement.
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SOT tape 2 8:39:11
IN Q=Were you happy?

((Were you happy about it? BONNIE GILLS/CONTRACT SUPPORTER: VERY. I THINK IT'S A VERY GOOD CONTRACT. Do you think everybody got what they deserved? I THINK SO. YES. ))
SUPER=01-Bonnie Gills/Contract Supporter;
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=i think so. yes
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The contract will increase annual incentives packages, provided employees meet the company's goals.
And even though some workers say they've been sold out-- the union president says it was ultimately their choice.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT tape 2 8:49:12
IN Q=THIS IS A DEMOCRATIC

((TOM MCNUTT/UFCW LOCAL 400 PRESIDENT: THIS IS A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. THERE'S ALWAYS PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY WITH IT. BUT THERE'S OBVIOUSLY 855 WHO ARE. THAT'S THE WAY THE SYSTEM WORKS. ))
SUPER=01-Tom McNutt/UFCW Local 400 President;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=the system works
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


The new contract was approved by a vote of 855 to 583.


8School-Vote


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#96-20
GRAPHIC=roanoke county seal


Roanoke County polls are open this morning as voters are deciding whether or not the county should move forward with a 37- point- four million dollar bond issue for schools.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Supporters have framed the issue as a vote for education, the best way to insure that Roanoke County maintains quality in the classroom.
But opponents say the vote is about bricks and mortar... a plan for construction of a new high school that they believe is flawed.
While schools throughout the county will benefit from the bond issue, most of the money, more than 33- million dollars is earmarked for construction of a new south county high school.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


Thirty- one polling locations will remain open until seven o'clock tonight.

8Weather


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Turning now to the forecast -
A nice, spring day is in store for us today.
Expect mostly sunny skies and temperatures around 60 degrees.
Tonight will be fair with lows in the mid to upper 30s. More sunny skies and breezy conditions tomorrow with highs in the mid 70s.