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HEADLINES

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Ahead on News 7 Mornin' --
Hurricane Bertha rages towards the Bahamas and Domican Republic packing winds of up to 115- miles- an hour,
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and Lynchburg officials try to determine the cause of a house fire that killed a family of five. wx-head
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live-head
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Don't go away, News 7 Mornin' is next.

Fatal-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#96-59
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Investigators in Lynchburg are trying to figure out what caused a fire that killed a family of five.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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(( It was Lynchburg's deadliest fire in more than forty years.
Osama Abouzeid, his wife Felicia and their three young daughters all perished when their Sheffield Drive home caught fire early Monday morning.
Neighbor Steve Kinzer was the first to spot the blaze, but there was nothing he or the fire department could do.
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IN Q=The smoke was

((STEVE KINZER/NEIGHBOR: THE WHOLE LIVING ROOM WAS UP IN FLAMES. THE SMOKE WAS CHOKING, IT WAS JUST A LITTLE BIT TOO LATE, WASN'T NOTHING REALLY THAT I COULD HAVE DONE. ))
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Authorities say the fire had been burning for several hours before it was discovered.
All five family members were found in the girls' bedroom, their exits at the front of the home blocked by smoke and flames.
As investigators searched the debris, neighbors and friends consoled each other.. and tried to reason how such a tragedy could have happened.
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SOT 4:20:30
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((CMDR. KENNETH CRAWFORD/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: I'VE BEEN HERE ALMOST 29 YEARS, I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'VE GOT CHILDREN INVOLVED, IT MAKES IT TWICE AS BAD, YOU KNOW.))
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Fire marshals are concentrating their efforts on the living room area, where the blaze apparently started, and where a computer may have short- circuited.
A number of items were sent to the state crime lab for testing, but it could be several days before the exact cause is determined.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

Rubatex


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
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TAPE#96-49
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In neighboring Bedford, Rubatex workers agreed to a contract-- practically the same one they rejected more than a week ago.
This new vote may be enough to save nearly 300 jobs.
Scott Prince has that story.
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SUPER=01-Zelma Sheppard/Union Member; :29 (Quick!)
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SUPER=01-Jerry Kirschke/Rubatex V.P. Human Resources; 1:04
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(( This time it wasn't even close.
Members of the Local 240 United Steel Workers Union overwhelmingly approved the Rubatex contract.
These workers are now hopeful the company reverses its decision to transfer 287 jobs.
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((PARKER PRICE JUNIOR/UNION PRESIDENT: WE'RE HOPING FOR THE BEST FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS PLANT. THOUGH WE DON'T LIKE EVERYTHING IN THE PACKAGE, WE WORKED HARD TO SAVE THE JOBS OF THE PEOPLE. I THINK THAT IT CAME DOWN TO THE BOTTOM LINE-- TO SAVE THE JOBS FOR THE PEOPLE ))
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BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
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((ZELMA SHEPPARD/UNION MEMBER: I FEEL SURE THEY'RE GOING TO WORK WITH US. I FEEL SURE. ))
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It was just last Sunday when this same contract was brought before the union.
Members shot it down by two votes, with the key issues being mandatory overtime and the loss of seniority for some long- time workers.
In response to the proposal's rejection, Rubatex announced it would move more than one- third of its workforce to Colt, Arkansas.
That put employees in a frenzy... and union officials called the second vote.
Company officials say the layoffs are on the back burner for now... but refused to speculate on the future of the job cuts.
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((JERRY KIRSCHKE/RUBATEX VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES: WHAT WE WILL DO INITIALLY IS TO PULL DOWN THE WAR NOTICES THAT WERE POSTED LAST WEEK WHICH SIGNIFIED THE LAYOFF. THERE WILL BE NO IMMEDIATE PLANS FOR LAYOFFS AND WE'LL START LOOKING AT THE MODERNIZATION PLANS WE HAD ON ON HOLD PENDING THE VOTE. ))
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There is certainly no love loss from either side... but at least for right now... both union and company officials seem pleased with this latest vote.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))

Bertha


ANCHOR=Melanie
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South Floridians this morning are preparing for Bertha.
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VO-NAT


Forecasters say the hurricane could hit the Miami area sometime late tomorrow or Thursday.
The huge storm is picking up steam and has been upgraded to a category three hurricane, making it very dangerous and destructive.
Bertha's winds are now 115 miles-an-hour as it closes in on the Bahamas and Domimican Republic.
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Officials are urging Miami residents to buy batteries and bottled water, and prepare for a possible evacuation.
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In Bertha's wake, at least two people are dead and amateur radio operators say a vessel is missing off the Puerto Rican coast.
Although that island was spared Bertha's full force, the hurricane then moved on to the Virgin Islands where it struck with 80- mile- per hour winds.
Beth will have more on Hurricane Bertha in a few minutes.
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Netanyahu


ANCHOR=Melanie
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President Clinton meets today with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Netanyahu arrived in Washington early this morning.
The two leaders will discuss the current status of the mideast peace plan, as well as ways to combat worldwide terrorism.
Netanyahu is also scheduled to address lawmakers on Capitol Hill tomorrow.
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Viper-Trial


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A federal judge in Arizona will decide today whether to release videotapes in connection with the Viper Militia trial.
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The group is accused of plotting to blow up government buildings in Phoenix.
The indictment says one tape shows militia members scoping out potential targets.
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1-Sports


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Major league fans are gearing up for the All Star game.
Steve Mason takes a look at the post-game festivities in sports.
Good morning Steve.
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One-Larry


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TAPE#M96-7 Summer heat
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SUPER=15-Larry Dowdy;



(Roll cue:) Does the summer heat affect dogs more than cats?
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(Toss to Beth)


Chopski


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TAPE#96=51
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The trial for Pharmacist Joseph Chopski is underway.
He's accused of fraudulent billing.
Attorney Tony Anderson indicated Chopski and insurance company- Trigon have have been at odds for years.
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When Blue Cross initiated its "R-X Alternative program," Chopski posted a sign at his "Wonder Drug" pharmacy that said: "we accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield, but it sucks."
Chopski's lawyer says the program cut his profit by eleven percent.
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When first confronted with evidence of fraudulent billing, Chopski allegedly told Trigon's auditor that he could "get a good lawyer and ...make it look like accidental billing."
A defense lawyer told the jury yesterday Chopski "can't explain away every mistake," but he points out that there are just 19-hundred dollars worth of discrepancies out of more than 600-THOUSAND dollars in billing over two-and-a half years.

Trigon


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Meantime, Trigon has some legal problems of its own.
Albemarle County has become the latest municipality to file a lawsuit against the insurer.
The suit claims Trigon owes the county at least one-point-one million dollars.
The case is similar to ones brought by Charlottesville and Lynchburg.
The localities contend that Trigon negotiated discounts for hospital services and failed to pass on the savings.
Trigon would not comment.

Unemployment


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#96-52
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When it comes to unemployment, the Roanoke and Lynchburg areas have some of the lowest jobless rates in the state.
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The May figures released by the Virginia Employment Commission show the Roanoke area has a jobless rate of roughly two-and-a-half percent.
The Lynchburg region comes in around three-and-a-half percent.
Both communities have seen their unemployment numbers drop compared to the same period a year ago.
Statewide, unemployment in May went down to just a little over four- percent.
That's the lowest number in May in six years.
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2-scores


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No scores this morning --
The major leagues took the night off in preparation for tonight's All Star game.
The National League will go for its third straight victory.

Two-Larry


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(Roll cue:) Some tips every rider should try before riding out on their horse.
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(ANIMAL HEALTH CLOSING BILLBOARD)
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2HEADLINES


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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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Hurricane Bertha is picking up steam.
The huge storm has been upgraded to a category three hurricane.
Bertha's winds are now 115- miles- an- hour as it heads for the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.
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Lynchburg officials try to determine the cause yesterday's house fire that killed a family of five.
It was the Hill City's deadliest fire in four decades.
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And Rubatex workers in Bedford say yes to a new contract.
Workers hope the vote is enough to keep Rubatex from transferring hundreds of jobs to Arkansas.
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And that's what's making news on this Tuesday July 9th.
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Sheffield-Fire


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A Lynchburg neighborhood is mourning a family of five that died when their house went up in flames yesterday.
Steve Smallshaw reports investigators are still trying to figure out what happened.
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(( It was Lynchburg's deadliest fire in more than forty years.
Osama Abouzeid, his wife Felicia and their three young daughters all perished when their Sheffield Drive home caught fire early Monday morning.
Neighbor Steve Kinzer was the first to spot the blaze, but there was nothing he or the fire department could do.
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((STEVE KINZER/NEIGHBOR: THE WHOLE LIVING ROOM WAS UP IN FLAMES. THE SMOKE WAS CHOKING, IT WAS JUST A LITTLE BIT TOO LATE, WASN'T NOTHING REALLY THAT I COULD HAVE DONE. ))
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Authorities say the fire had been burning for several hours before it was discovered.
All five family members were found in the girls' bedroom, their exits at the front of the home blocked by smoke and flames.
As investigators searched the debris, neighbors and friends consoled each other.. and tried to reason how such a tragedy could have happened.
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((CMDR. KENNETH CRAWFORD/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: I'VE BEEN HERE ALMOST 29 YEARS, I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'VE GOT CHILDREN INVOLVED, IT MAKES IT TWICE AS BAD, YOU KNOW.))
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Fire marshals are concentrating their efforts on the living room area, where the blaze apparently started, and where a computer may have short- circuited.
A number of items were sent to the state crime lab for testing, but it could be several days before the exact cause is determined.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

Union-Vote


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
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Critics say they've given in to scare tactics. Others say they may have saved jobs.
Rubatex workers in Bedford have agreed to a contract -- practically the same one they rejected more than a week ago.
Scott Prince has that story.
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SUPER=03-Bedford; :00
SUPER=01-Parker Price Jr./Union President; :16
SUPER=01-Zelma Sheppard/Union Member; :29 (Quick!)
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SUPER=01-Jerry Kirschke/Rubatex V.P. Human Resources; 1:04
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(( This time it wasn't even close.
Members of the Local 240 United Steel Workers Union overwhelmingly approved the Rubatex contract.
These workers are now hopeful the company reverses its decision to transfer 287 jobs.
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IN Q=We're hoping

((PARKER PRICE JUNIOR/UNION PRESIDENT: WE'RE HOPING FOR THE BEST FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS PLANT. THOUGH WE DON'T LIKE EVERYTHING IN THE PACKAGE, WE WORKED HARD TO SAVE THE JOBS OF THE PEOPLE. I THINK THAT IT CAME DOWN TO THE BOTTOM LINE-- TO SAVE THE JOBS FOR THE PEOPLE ))
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BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
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((ZELMA SHEPPARD/UNION MEMBER: I FEEL SURE THEY'RE GOING TO WORK WITH US. I FEEL SURE. ))
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It was just last Sunday when this same contract was brought before the union.
Members shot it down by two votes, with the key issues being mandatory overtime and the loss of seniority for some long- time workers.
In response to the proposal's rejection, Rubatex announced it would move more than one- third of its workforce to Colt, Arkansas.
That put employees in a frenzy... and union officials called the second vote.
Company officials say the layoffs are on the back burner for now... but refused to speculate on the future of the job cuts.
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((JERRY KIRSCHKE/RUBATEX VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES: WHAT WE WILL DO INITIALLY IS TO PULL DOWN THE WAR NOTICES THAT WERE POSTED LAST WEEK WHICH SIGNIFIED THE LAYOFF. THERE WILL BE NO IMMEDIATE PLANS FOR LAYOFFS AND WE'LL START LOOKING AT THE MODERNIZATION PLANS WE HAD ON ON HOLD PENDING THE VOTE. ))
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There is certainly no love loss from either side... but at least for right now... both union and company officials seem pleased with this latest vote.
Scott Prince, News- 7.

hurricane


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WRITER=mel
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Hurricane Bertha is gaining strength this morning.
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The powerful storm has been upgraded to a category three hurricane, packing winds of 115 miles and hour.
Hurricane watchers are comparing Bertha to hurricane "Hugo" in '89 and "Gilbert" in '88.
The storm is now headed toward the Bahamas and Domimican Republic.
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Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say Bertha's chances of hitting the U-S are no more than 30 percent.
But residents in south Florida are being urged to buy batteries and bottled water, and prepare for a possible evacuation.
SUPER=03-Puerto Rico;


Bertha blew past Puerto Rico killing at least two people.
It also damaged buildings on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.
Beth will have more on Hurricane Bertha in a few minutes.
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Engine-Crack


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WRITER=mel
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Federal aviation officials continue to look for answers on why a Delta Airlines flight turned tragic last Saturday.
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A mother and her son were killed aboard a Delta MD-88 after the jet's left engine split in two an lodged into the fuselage upon takeoff from Pensacola, Florida.
At a news conference yesterday, National Transportation Safety Board officials said there were substantial cracks in the engine.
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((MICHAEL MARX/SENIOR METALLURGIST FOR THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD. THIS CRACK IS FAIRLY SUBSTANTIAL.. IT'S APPROXIMATELY ONE INCH DEEP. ))
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Investigators will also check out an oil leak near the fan, reported by the crew before the aborted takeoff.
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Israel


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE# net
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President Clinton meets with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu today at the White House.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


Netanyahu arrived in Washington early this morning.
The two leaders will discuss the current status of the mideast peace plan, as well as ways to combat worldwide terrorism.
Netanyahu is also scheduled to address lawmakers on Capitol Hill tomorrow.
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Dole


ANCHOR=Melanie
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WRITER=cro
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Meantime, the city of Richmond rolls out the red carpet for Bob Dole.
The Republican presidential candidate will make a campaign swing through the state capitol today.
Dole will meet briefly with Governor Allen and first lady Susan Allen before his two o'clock address at the Virginia Police Headquarters and Training Academy.


3-Sports


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In sports, Steve Mason has an All Star game preview, plus he checks in with the Charlotte Hornets and the Roanoke Stars' under-15 soccer team.
Good morning Steve.
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Birthdays
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Three-Larry


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(Roll cue:) Some tips for taking your pet on vacation with you.
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Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#edit of sheffield-fire 96-59
GRAPHIC=Fatal Fire


Investigators are trying to determine if a fire that killed a family of five in Lynchburg was caused by a computer that may have short- circuited.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


It was Lynchburg's deadliest fire in more than forty years.
Osama Abouzeid (o-SAMA AH-boo-zaid), his wife Felicia and their three young daughters all perished when their Sheffield Drive home caught fire early yesterday morning.
Authorities say the fire had been burning for several hours before it was discovered.
All five family members were found in the girls' bedroom, their exits at the front of the home blocked by smoke and flames.
Fire marshals are concentrating their efforts on the living room area, where the blaze apparently started.
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Vote


ANCHOR=Melanie
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WRITER=cro
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Union workers at the Rubatex plant in Bedford have voted by almost a 3-to-1 margin to accept a contract offer they rejected more than a week ago.
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VO-NAT
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Supporters of the contract said it would have been occupational suicide to reject the offer a second time.
Rubatex management had said 287 jobs would be moved to another Rubatex plant in Arkansas without the agreement.
Critics of the contract said the workers gave in to scare tactics.
SUPER=@File;


A Rubatex official said the company will spend more than a million dollars to improve the Bedford plant.
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Offender-Registry


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-47
GRAPHIC=state seal


From now on in Virginia -- if you did the crime, and you did the time -- your neighbors may know.
Governor George Allen ordered the Department of Corrections to release a list of recently paroled prison inmates.
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((JERRY KILGORE/VA. PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY: PUBLIC SAFETY IS ALWAYS GONNA WIN OUT OVER THE PRIVACY INTERESTS OF A PAROLEE. BECAUSE THIS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC IF YOU GO TO THE RIGHT COURTHOUSE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.))
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The parolees are grouped by zip code.
The list can be mailed monthly to any resident who requests it.

Inmates-Work


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-46
GRAPHIC=State Seal


Prison inmates are celebrating an anniversary of working the streets.
For the past 12 months, they've cleaned roads and mowed lawns.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


About 300 communities and non-profit groups have actually invited them this past year.
Inmate work crews are celebrating the anniversary this month.
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((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: WHEN YOU GO THERE AND YOU TRY TO PITCH IT THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE BRINGING INMATES IN AND BELIEVE ME, YOU'LL BE FINE -- UH, WHEN THEY HAVEN'T SEEN IT IN THE PAST, THEY'RE HESITANT. SOME GOOD COMMUNITIES, POWHATAN CAME OUT, APPALACHIA CAME OUT AND SAID "YEAH WE WANT 'EM." AND ONCE YOU HAVE SUCCESS IN CERTAIN AREAS, OTHER COMMUNITIES HEAR ABOUT IT. THEY'RE ASKING FOR IT. SO WE'RE GETTING THE SPIN-OFFS NOW.))
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VO-NAT


This particular crew is clearing a lot behind the Science Museum of Virginia for a 13-acre outdoor science park.
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Hurt-Park


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#96-54
GRAPHIC=City Seal


Officials of the Roanoke Housing Authority say criticism about their management of the Hurt Park Housing Development is off the mark.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Officials say the neighborhood has received more funding for improvements in the last two years than any other public housing community in the city.
They said they haven't neglected the neighborhood.
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((NEVA SMITH/HOUSING AUTHORITY DIRECTOR: WE'VE DONE 504 HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBILITY. RIGHT NOW WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF PUTTING COMPLETE NEW ROOFS ON ALL OF THE BUILDINGS TO BE FOLLOWED WITH SEWER WORK AND A NUMBER OF OTHER RENOVATION, MAJOR TYPE ACTIVITIES.))
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VO-NAT


Officials say residents share responsibility for the appearance of the complex, including care of the grass in front of each apartment.
Yesterday, Board members also expressed their support for the COPE team, the community policing program that's focused attention on the city's public housing neighborhoods.
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4-scores


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cro
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=mlb logo


No scores this morning --
The major leagues took the night off in preparation for tonight's All Star game. The National League will go for its third straight victory.