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7Bedford-Drowning

ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=Sta
TAPE# 96-45
GRAPHIC=Drowning


A 13- year- old Roanoke girl drowned in Smith Mountain Lake.
It happened yesterday afternoon on the Bedford County side.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;


Wonder Starr Reed was swimming near the Beechwood West subdivison with some friends.
Reed apparently disappeared when the wake from a passing boat went over her head.
The girl's friends screamed for help when they lost sight of her.
A nearby resident pulled Reed from the lake, but she was unable to be revived by C-P-R.
Reed was taken to Bedford County Hospital and pronounced dead at around five o'clock.
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7Monty-Death


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=AMO
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


The body of a Roanoke man who had been missing for more than a week was discovered on the bank of the Roanoke River in Montgomery County last night.
The sheriff's department says 66-year old Clarence Morgan was discovered by two rafters just after seven o'clock.
Authorities say there was no sign of any immediate trauma -- and they are awaiting autopsy results.
Morgan was reported missing May 22nd.

7Unity-Breakfast


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=Dal
TAPE# 96-48
GRAPHIC=GOP State Convention


Virginia Republicans chose a new state party leader at their convention in Salem over the weekend.
But, that news was overshadowed by controversy surrounding John Warner and Jim Miller.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem/Friday;


Convention star Jim Miller is challenging long-time incumbent John Warner.
Warner was NOT well received at the festivities this weekend, leaving many wondering how the G-O-P could possibly unite after a rough inter-party campaign for it's nominee.
Party leaders say it is even more important on the national level.
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IN Q=The vast majority

(( BOB GOODLATTE/R-U.S. CONGRESS: THE VAST MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS IN THIS STATE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO RETAIN CONTROL OF THE U.S. SENATE. WE HAVE A SLIM MAJORITY AND WE'D LIKE TO BUILD ON THAT. BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO BUILD ON THAT IF WE DON'T RETAIN THE SEATS WE ALREADY HAVE.
GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: THE PARTY NEEDS TO REALIZE WHO OUR REAL ENEMY IS. IT IS NOT OUR FELLOW REPUBLICANS. OUR OPPONENTS ARE BILL CLINTON AND THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS. I JUST WISH WE WOULD USE AS MUCH VENOM, ENERGY AND EFFORT AGAINST OUR REAL OPPONENTS.))
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Governor Allen says all the controversy surrounding the senate nominee campaign overshadowed the "big" story of the weekend.
SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape;


Allen describes the new party leader Randy Forbes' as a credible leader who will build up the state republican party.
Before the convention ended, party members pledged unity no matter who wins the primary June 11th.
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7Assessments


ANCHOR=beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE# 96-49
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County


In Roanoke County, personal property taxes have been on the rise-- prompting complaints from residents.
While County officials have requested a state review which has NOT been released yet, an INDEPENDENT assessor has given the county assessor a good review.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Mike Quinn is an accountant and attorney with expertise in property assessments.
He reviewed assessment records, actual sales figures, and analysis by the state Department of Taxation.
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IN Q=It would be very hard

((MIKE QUINN/ACCOUNTANT: IT WOULD BE VERY HARD TO FAULT, BASED ON ALL THAT EVIDENCE, TO FAULT WHAT THE ASSESSOR HAS DONE. HE'S DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB. THE STATISTICAL MEASURES THAT ARE REPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION INDICATE THAT THE ASSESSMENT LEVEL IS JUST ABOUT WHERE IT OUGHT TO BE. THE ONLY DEPARTURE FROM THAT IS THAT THE RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE PROPERTY, AT LEAST AS OF THE MOST RECENT RATIO STUDY, APPEARED TO BE SOMEWHAT UNDER- ASSESSED.))
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ANCHOR=Beth
SS=Roanoke County


State law requires real estate be assessed at 100 percent of market value.
County administrator Elmer Hodge has asked the state Department of Taxation to expand its annual audit of the real estate assessment process.
That report will also be released to the public when it is complete.

7Weather


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=nle
TAPE#
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Taking a look now at the forecast -
Today is going to be mostly cloudy today with highs in the mid 70s.
Tonight, expect the clouds to remain, with temperature lows in the upper 50s.

55L'burg-Murder


ANCHOR=beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=rjo
TAPE# none
GRAPHIC=Murder


Lynchburg police officers are investigating a murder.
It happened around three- o'clock yesterday in the 600 block of second street.
Police say the victim, 21-year-old Tony Montez Murrell, suffered from at least one gunshot wound.
Witnesses say they heard several gunshots from a vehicle, then saw Murrell's body fall out of the car.
They told police the car then quickly drove away.

55Police-Chase


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=DAL
TAPE# 96-46
GRAPHIC=Police Chase


A high speed chase through Alleghany and Rockbridge Counties yesterday morning ended in a crash near Goshen.
The two men from West Virginia, 27-year-old James McKillip and 25-year-old Jason Pettry, are charged with stealing a vehicle, driving under the influence and attempting to elude police.
Officials say the chase began when the driver failed to pull over after clocked the car at 92- miles- per- hour.
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((E.A. FISCHER/STATE TROOPER: FOR SEVERAL MINUTES THEY WERE IN PURSUIT ON I-64 THEN THEY EXIT ON EXIT 35 ON TO OLD ROUTE 60, TRAVELING EASTBOUND ON OLD ROUTE 60 INTO ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY WHERE THE VEHICLE EVENTUALLY CRASHED.))
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./Yesterday;


The two men ran away from the wreck.
A tracking dog helped locate the suspects.
State Police notified neighbors about the search.
Six hours later, a resident helped capture the men, when the suspects apparently asked for a ride at a house nearby.
The neighbors refused, then called police.
The men were captured without incident.
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55Art-Show


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=Dal
TAPE# 96-50
GRAPHIC=None


The 38th annual Sidewalk Art Show enjoyed beautiful weather in its new location this year.
It relocated from Elmwood Park to the Roanoke City Market.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;


About 200 artists along the east coast came to town with their masterpieces.
This is one of the largest art shows in the east, and there was more than just paintings.
Silk screen prints were among the unusual art pieces for sale.
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((HOLLY BININGH/ARTIST: I LIKE TO THINK OF IT AS HAPPY ART, UPLIFTING. I ALWAYS WANTED TO DO ART THAT'S EXPRESSING THE JOY IN LIFE.))
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Many of the artists are happy with the new location.
They say it offered plenty of room to set up...which meant more customers.
The art show is a fundraiser for the Art Museum of Western Virginia.
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55Festival


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=Dal
TAPE# 96-34
GRAPHIC=Festival in the Park


Meantime, vendors at Festival in the Park seem to prefer the Sidewalk Art show's ORIGINAL location.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Many of these new vendors say they thought the picture- perfect- weather would bring more visitors.
They say they had more browsers than buyers and hope next year the museum will bring the art show back to the park.
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IN Q=i would like

((MARSHA GEYER/KOUNTRY KOUSIN: I WOULD LIKE THE ART SHOW TO BE MOVED IN WITH THE CRAFTERS BECAUSE THAT BRINGS IN THE ADULT AUDIENCE AND I FEEL THEY'RE THE ONES WHO ARE MAKING THE PURCHASES.))
SUPER=01-Marsha Geyer/Kountry Kousin;
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OUT Q=making the purchases
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VO-NAT


The festival's director says since wearable art is a new attraction, it will be difficult to tell if moving the art show had an impact on foot traffic.
And as far as Memorial Day's rainy weather, Wendy Schultz says she's seen worse in the festival's 27 year history.
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SOT 12:39:53
IN Q=i know our

((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK: I KNOW OUR FRIDAY NIGHTS WERE VERY GOOD FOR US. SAME WITH ALL THE EVENTS THAT HAVE BEEN GOING ON THIS WEEKEND. IN THE BIKE RACE WE HAD MORE CYCLISTS THAN WE HAD BEFORE.))
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival in the Park;
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OUT Q=we've had before
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VO-NAT


Festival in the Park wrapped up yesterday.
Workers will now spend the next few weeks tallying receipts and determine if it was a financial success.
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55Weather


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=nle
TAPE#
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Taking a look now at the forecast -
Today is going to be mostly cloudy today with highs in the mid 70s.
Tonight, partly cloudy to remain, with temperature lows in the upper 50s.
The chance of rain moves in tomorrow, with a possible thunderstorm in the after noon.
Highs will be in the upper 70s.

8Reed-Drowning


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=Sta
TAPE# 96-45
GRAPHIC=Drowning


A 13- year- old girl from Roanoke who recently completed a beginner's swimming course has drowned.
It happened yesterday in Smith Mountain Lake in Bedford County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Yesterday;


Wonder Starr Reed was swimming near the Beechwood West subdivison in Bedford County with some friends.
She apparently went underwater when the wake from a passing boat went over her head.
The girl's friends screamed for help when they lost sight of her.
A nearby resident located Reed and pulled her from the lake, but she was unable to be revived by C-P-R.
Reed was taken to Bedford County Hospital where she was pronounced dead at around five o'clock.
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8Monty-Death


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=AMO
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


The body of a Roanoke man missing for more than a week was found on the bank of the Roanoke River in Montgomery County last night.
The sheriff's department says 66-year old Clarence Morgan was discovered by two rafters just after seven o'clock.
Authorities say there was no sign of any immediate trauma -- and they are awaiting autopsy results.
Morgan was reported missing May 22nd.

8SOVA


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=amo
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


A California congressman is siding with Southern Virginia College in its quest for accreditation.
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SUPER=03-Buena Vista/File Tape; (96-37)


Representative Howard McKeon of California says he'll ask the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to reconsider its recent decision.
It denied accreditation to the newly Mormon-led college in Buena Vista.
The school lost its accredition because of financial problems, before the new owners took over.
Regardless of accredition, the school plans to open in the fall.
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8Graduates


ANCHOR=beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=amo
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=NONE


The employment outlook for college graduates in Virginia is the best it's been in six years.
The good news for grads comes from the Virginia Employment Commission.
It says jobs most in demand are in computer-related specialties, engineering and technical areas...Those also are among the best-paying jobs.
Virginia's unemployment rate in March was three-point-eight percent -- the lowest since 1990.

8Common-Sense


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#common sense
GRAPHIC=common sense


In the latest installment of Common Sense, Len Besthoff again tests our knowledge of mutual funds.
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SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Edward Jones & Co.; :20
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((We continue our quiz this week on mutual funds. And Ben Hartman with Edward Jones and Company is helping out.))
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((The question is the only way to make money in a mutual fund is through dividends and interest. True or False? BEN HARTMAN/EDWARD JONES & CO.: THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION LEN WOULD BE FALSE. AND THE REASON WHY IS THERE ARE TWO ADDITIONAL WAYS TO MAKE MONEY ON MUTUAL FUNDS ONE IS THROUGH CAPITAL GAINS. CAPITAL GAINS ARE GENERATED WHEN THE PORTFOLIO MANAGERS OF A MUTUAL FUND ARE BUYING OR SELLING STOCKS AT A PROFIT. AND THE FINAL WAY TO MAKE MONEY ON MUTUAL FUND SHARES IS WHEN YOU BUY A MUTUAL FUND SHARE SAY THAT ONE INDIVIDUAL SHARE WAS SELLING AT 10 DOLLARS A SHARE, AND YOU BOUGHT ONE SHARE TODAY AT TEN DOLLARS, FIVE YEARS FROM NOW THAT SHARE HAD APPRECIATED AT 20 DOLLARS A SHARE AND YOU SELL IT FOR 20 DOLLARS, YOU'VE GOT A TEN DOLLAR PRICE APPRECIATION IN THE SHARE.))
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IN Q=I'm Len Besthoff

((That's this week's edition of Common Sense. Let's send it back to the newsdesk.))
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8Star


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# edit
GRAPHIC=Roanoke seal


The Mill Mountain star may soon be casting a RED glow on the Roanoke Valley.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Roanoke City Council members are expected to vote later today on a proposal to use the Mill Mountain star in an anti-drunken driving campaign.
The plan would turn the white star red for 48 hours after every drug- or alcohol-related traffic death in the area.
The "Keep the Star White" campaign was launched by the New Century Council and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
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8Weather


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=nle
TAPE#
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Taking a look now at the forecast -
Today is going to be mostly cloudy today with highs in the mid 70s.
Tonight, expect the clouds to remain, with temperature lows in the upper 50s. Highs will be in the upper 70s. A chance of rain moves in tomorrow, with a possible afternoon thunderstorm.