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VO-NAT


May have been a tornado or two in Bedford County. Whether it was a tornado or straight- line wind... the damage is impressive.
A LIVE report is headed your way in a moment on NEWS 7 at SIX.
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ANCHOR=Keith


And more than a dozen shots fired in a Roanoke apartment complex. Sports-Head
ANCHOR=Mike


Coming up tonight in sports, Irvin strikes a plea agreement in Dallas, a wet day on the links at Commonwealth Games, Tom Watson pulls out of the British Open.
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And while Shaq contemplates making millions, Hakeem the Dream signs a multi-million dollar contract extension to stay in Houston the rest of his carer.
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WX-Head
TALENT=Patrick
SS=None


As Keith indicated, we have unconfirmed tornado reports out of Bedford county, with severe wind damage. We'll take a look at the doppler, and see where the violent storms are now. I'll have your complete forecast coming up from the News 7 Weather Center.

Funnel-Damage


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#96-57
GRAPHIC=None


An unconfirmed tornado tore through a Stewartsville neighborhood around three o'clock this afternoon.
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Kimberly Mc Broom has been out assessing the damage and talking with neighbors. Kim how bad was it?
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Shooting


ANCHOR=keith
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=Sta
TAPE#96-45
GRAPHIC=Shooting


There was a flurry of gunfire at a Roanoke apartment complex this morning, leaving one man shot in the face.
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It happened at Westwood Village Apartments.
Witnesses told police that a gunman apparently entered this apartment... argued with the victim... then shot him.
The suspect then fled the scene... firing more rounds into the air.
One stray bullet was found about a block away.
It apparently hit the window of a room where a young boy was sleeping.
The shooter remains free at this hour.
The victim's condition is not being released.
One resident said she believes the shooting was drug related.
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Bertha-Crops


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=THa
TAPE#96-50
GRAPHIC=Hurricane Aftermath


Southside tobacco farmers were spared a direct hit from Hurricane Bertha.
The storm, however, caused significant damage to farms in neighboring North Carolina.
Teresa Hamilton reports, that damage could put Virginia farmers at an advantage.
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(( When all's said and done, emergency management officials in North Carolina predict damage to the state's tobacco and corn crops will surpass damage to homes, buildings and roads.
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((FIRST OF ALL I HAVE SYMPATHY FOR A TOBACCO FARMER WHO LOSES HIS CROP ONCE HE'S TOPPED IT OUT. ))
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But historically, damage caused by natural disaster or disease in North Carolina, has translated to bigger earnings for neighboring farmers.
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((LARRY MCPETERS/HALIFAX CO. EXTENSION AGENT: TOBACCO COMPANIES HAVE ORDERS TO FILL, BOTH DOMESTIC AND EXPORT, AND AS THOSE ORDERS BECOME WHERE THEY CAN'T FILL THEM IN THE SOUTH, THEY'VE GOT TO COME NORTH, WE LIKE THAT IN VIRGINIA.))
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But, ironically, much of that profit hinges on Mother Nature.
Hurricane winds may have skipped the Southside, but area farmers are fighting another battle.
Last week's storm brought some relief to Southside farmers plagued by dry conditions, but more rain is needed.
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((GLENN NUNN/HALIFAX CO. TOBACCO FARMER:IT'S CRITICAL RIGHT NOW, WE'VE BEEN IRRIGATING FOR ABOUT TEN DAYS, AND AS YOU CAN SEE, WHAT WE HAVE IRRIGATED LOOKS CONSIDERABLY BETTER, BUT AS ALL TOBACCO FARMERS KNOW, THAT'S AN EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION WITH THE FUEL COSTS AND THE LABOR COSTS, INCLUDING PIPE. ))
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A lack of rain stunts plant growth-- which means farmers have less tobacco to sell. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))

Hurricane-clean


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=rjo
TAPE#96-53
GRAPHIC=Hurricane


The clean up is underway along the coast as crews begin to mop up the aftermath of Hurricane Bertha.
And as Ron Jones reports some Roanoke volunteers may be called in for service.
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((There is no love lost between residents along the coast and Hurricane Bertha.
A wave of volunteers and crews have landed to help with the clean up.
American Red Cross officials say with out volunteers it wouldn't work.
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((TERRI JONES/ROANOKE RED CROSS OFFICIAL: FOR THE RED CROSS THEY ARE OUR LIFE BLOOD. ALL OF OUR ACTIVITIES ARE RUN BY VOLUNTEERS. HERE IN ROANOKE WE HAVE 11-HUNDRED VOLUNTEERS AND A NUMBER OF THOSE WE CALL UPON DURING TIMES OF DISASTER LIKE OUR RECENT FLOODS AND IN CASES LIKE THE HURRICANES.))
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Reba Thomas and nine other Roanoke residents are on stand by for the Red Cross.
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((REBA THOMAS/RED CROSS VOLUNTEER: IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE AND DOING IT THROUGH THE RED CROSS I CAN DO MORE OF IT. I CAN DO A LOT OF TRAVELLING. AND TO SEE THESE PEOPLE PUT THEIR HOMES BACK TOGETHER AFTER THEY'VE BEEN DAMAGED WITH HURRICANES AND FLOODS. HOW THEY CAN JUST GET UP AND PUT THEIR HOMES BACK TOGETHER.))
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Right now, paid crews from Roanoke are in North Carolina-- clearing fallen trees and brush.
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((ART PRICE/BARTLETT TREE EXPERTS: BECAUSE THEY WORK AT NIGHT MOST OF THE TIME DOWN THERE DURING THE STORM DAMAGE. AND THY WORK LIKE 12 TO 14 HOURS. BUT THEY GET SLEEP AND GET FED REAL GOOD.))
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So far Roanoke volunteers are NOT needed in the clean up.
But one volunteer says if every American helped at one disaster-- they'd learn to appreciate what they have.
Ron Jones, News Seven, Roanoke.))
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ANCHOR=Keith
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Still to come on News 7 at 6,
Speech problems are an embarassment for some people, but they needn't be. Locally there is help for those who stutter--we'll have the story.
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VO-NAT


And these are challenging times at the region's largest newspaper.
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((RICH MARTIN/ROANOKE TIMES EDITOR: WE'VE CHANGED. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. 42 WE'VE CHANGED VERY MUCH IN THE WAY WE DO THINGS.))
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Len Bestoff begins his series, Changing Times at the Roanoke Times.
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7/15-Roanoke-Times


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#96-60
GRAPHIC=Changing Times


For decades the Roanoke Times has been the dominant newspaper in its circulation area.
But in many ways, it's not the same paper it was five or six years ago.
This week we bring you a series called "Changing Times at The Roanoke Times".
In part one Len Besthoff explains that after years of healthy profit margins, newspapers across the country have had to adapt to a more challenging environment.
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((For centuries, when people have wanted information about the world around them, they've turned to the printed word. But in modern times, a number of other competitors have emerged, like radio, television, and the internet. And that's forced the newspaper industry to make some changes.))
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The electronic media poses a LONG TERM threat to newspapers' dominance of detailed, local coverage.
But right now, the industry's biggest demons come from within, like advertising.
Ham Smith teaches journalism at Washington and Lee University.
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((HAM SMITH/JOURNALISM PROFESSOR: BECAUSE ADVERTISING PAYS BETWEEN 70 AND 80 PERCENT OF THE COST OF PRODUCING A NEWSPAPER, NEWSPAPERS ARE SUBSTANTIALLY DRIVEN BY ADVERTISING.))
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The recession of the late 80's- early 90's cooled ad sales dramatically, in many ways they've never recovered.
Many locally owned businesses, the bread and butter of ad sales, have closed or been bought out by larger companies. Nat Sot of cable tv commercial
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New advertising outlets, such as cable t-v, have cut into the pie.
And retail growth in outlying areas cut down on the number of people coming to big cities to shop.
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((WALTER RUGABER/ROANOKE TIMES PUBLISHER: SUDDENLY ADVERTISERS, WHO HAD PERHAPS USED OUR NEWSPAPER TO REACH CONSUMERS IN SOME FAIRLY DISTANT PLACES, WERE NOT NEARLY AS INTERESTED IN DOING THAT.))
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The other way newspapers make money is by selling them.
Many have seen their readership plummet...but after a period of decline The Roanoke Times has stabilized its circulation at 120- thousand households.
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((WENDY ZOMPARELLI/ROANOKE TIMES EDITOR: IN A WAY HOLDING YOUR CIRCULATION FLAT, FOR OUR INDUSTRY, IS A REAL ACHIEVEMENT THESE DAYS.))
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And it's not just an assault on the money newspapers are taking IN, it also has to do with what they're shelling OUT.
Newsprint, the raw material newspapers are made of, has nearly doubled in price. Nat Sot presses
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So how are newspapers executing this difficult financial balancing act?
They can't raise ad rates or the price of the paper because of competition.
That leaves one option: cutting expenses.
And that along with other factors has led to some noticeable changes at papers.
In part two of our series we'll start looking at the specific changes The Roanoke Times is going through.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))

Superfund


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-46
GRAPHIC=George Allen


Governor George Allen is blocking federal clean-up efforts of seven heavily polluted sites in Virginia.
Allen's using a little-known new federal law.
It keeps the EPA from designating a Superfund site for clean-up -- unless the Governor of that state requests it.
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A contaminated dump site in the town of Saltville would qualify for the Superfund list.
So would parts of the Radford Arsenal.
But Allen says the EPA is slow and bureaucratic.
He's directed Natural Resources Secretary Becky Dunlop to find other ways to clean up the seven sites.
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TALENT=Keith
SS=Virginia State Seal


An EPA spokesman says six other Governors have blocked the EPA since the law took effect last year.
Virginia HAS requested the Superfund designation for four other sites since then.
They are all active federal installations on Virginia soil.

Stocks


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=lba
TAPE#=None
GRAPHIC=NONE


The Stock market took a huge tumble today.
Investors didn't like the earnings reports of several key companies last week, and they fear more bad news in reports this week.
The Dow lost 161 points, closing at 53-hundred-50.
NASDAQ dropped 43 points.
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Water-Grant


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-47
GRAPHIC=None


The eastern end of Wythe County will soon have a new water supply.
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Currenty Grahams Forge residents get their water from two wells.
The health department has declared one unsafe, and the other doesn't produce enough water to accommodate growth.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding the project with an 855- thousand- dollar grant, and a 310- thousand- dollar low- interest loan.
Officials hope it will mean new residential and commercial growth.
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((REP. RICH BOUCHER/D-NINTH DISTRICT: A GROWTH THAT HAD BEEN FORECLOSED IN THE PAST DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF INADEQUATE WATER SUPPLY. WITH FEDERAL FUNDING IN THE AMOUNT OF MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS WE ARE NOW SOLVING THAT PROBLEM AND CREATING COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN WYTHE COUNTY. ))
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The project will include construction of a new pump station and extending lines from the Max Meadows and Fort Chiswell water system.
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Stuttering


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=cst
TAPE#96-56
GRAPHIC=None


More than two million Americans know the anguish of stuttering.
For some, it's a fact of life. And yet many people are finding there is treatment for the disorder, such as the program at the Hollins Communications Research Institute.
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This weekend, about 150 graduates of the Fluency System-- a form of behaviour therapy-- met again for a reunion.
One topic of discussion-- the ongoing search for the definitive CAUSE of stuttering.
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((BRENDA RATCLIFF-BAIRD/HOLLINS COMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE: THERE'S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RESEARCH THAT TELLS US THAT STUTTERING IS INDEED A PHYSIOLOGICAL PROBLEM AND MOST LIKELY PASSED ALONG CERTAIN GENETIC LINES. PARTICULARLY WE SUSPECT THAT MOST LIKELY THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM LIES IN HOW THE STUTTERER HERE'S THE SOUND OF THEIR OWN VOICE. ))
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And for David Tanner of Minnesota-- before the program, a television

interview would not have been on his list of things to do.
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((DAVID TANNER/FORMER CLIENT: SIX YEARS AGO I WOULD HAVE HAD A LOT OF STUTTERING MOMENTS AND I WOULD HAVE A VERY HIGH NERVOUSNESS LEVEL WHERE TODAY IT IS VERY EASY TO DO WITH THE EDUCATION THAT I HAVE RECEIVED FROM HOLLINS. ))
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About four-thousand stutterers have been treated through the Hollins program in the last 23 years.
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Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#sports tease
GRAPHIC=NONE


Coming up tonight, the Irvin trial is over in Dallas, Olajuwon signs for big bucks, Shaq may stay in Orlando for even bigger dollars,
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And the rain has been a pain at the Commonwealth Games golf competition today at Hanging Rock.
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S-Irvin


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#s6-10
GRAPHIC=COWBOYS


Michael Irvin's drug trial in Dallas is all but over as his lawyers struck a plea agreement with prosecutors this afternoon.
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The flamboyant Irvin, entered a plea of no contest to second degree felony cocaine possesion charges.
In exchange he will get four years probation, a $10 thousand dollar fine, plus the dismissal of the misdemeanor marijuana charge that he also faced.
Why the decision to do this at this time? Well, training camp opens for the Cowboys on Wednesday, and there was no way the trial would have been over by that time.
Plus, the plea avoids the jury and the public hearing the testimony of Rachelle Smith, who last week testified she had engaged in group sex and drug use with Irvin on several occasions.
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The NFL has yet to comment on the plea bargain, but there is still a chance Irvin will be suspended.

S-Shaq


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Ksh
TAPE#S6-11
GRAPHIC=NBA


The big bucks continue to bounce about in the NBA, and tonight is looks like Shaquille O'Neal is about to become a member of the hundred million dollar club.
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The "Orlando Sentinel" reports that the the Orlando center will stay in Orlando and accept a $115 million dollar - seven year contract.
O'Neal has already been offered a a seven year 95 million dollar contract by the Los Angeles Lakers.
But it looks like he'll stay in Florida.
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S-Hakeem


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#s6-12
GRAPHIC=DREAM TEAM


Shaq's fellow Dream Team member Hakeem Olajuwon isn't a free agent, but he is now a very rich man.
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Today, Olajuwon agreed to a multi-year contract extension that will keep him in Houston for the rest of his career.
The five year deal, that was given to him by team owner Leslie Alexander should pay him an average of 11 million a season.
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Hakeem and the Dream Team had a n easy day at the office this morning as they worked out at the Disney Institute in Orlando, after whipping Greece yesterday 128 to 62.
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S-Golf


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-14
GRAPHIC=COMMONWEALTH GAMES


After two weeks of intense competition it looks like the 1996 Commonwealth Games are trying to end with a bang today.
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McBride, who is the golf coordinator for the games did get the players back on the course and they finishing up their rounds at this hour.

S-Watson


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#s6-9
GRAPHIC=none
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In one other golf note, Tom Watson is pulled out of this week's British Open.
The five time British Open champ has an injured shoulder that he ironically banged up while practicing for the Open this past week in Scotland and Ireland.
This will mark the first time since 1974 that Watson has missed playing in one of golf's four majors.
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S-France


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ksh
TAPE#S6-8
GRAPHIC=Tour De France


Italy's Massimo Podenzana broke away from the pack in the final stretch to win the 15th stage of The Tour De France.
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The two-time Italian national champion sprinted the last three miles to capture today's 109-mile stage in just under 4 hours.
Five time defending champion Miguel Indurain finished the stage with the main group of riders and remains 8th overall, four and a half minutes behind tour leader Bjarne Riis.
American Frankie Andreu finished 121st today and is 106th overall.
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