06:00-01

Allen-Morrison

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-100
GRAPHIC=Business Closing


A Lynchburg sign company closed unexpectedly yesterday, leaving its workers unemployed.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


Employees arriving at the Allen- Morrison company yesterday morning were greeted with a letter explaining the plant had shut down due to "cash flow" problems.
The hundred or so workers have not been paid for the last two weeks, although they did reportedly receive a small Christmas bonus.
The shutdown caught city economic officials by surprise, but they expressed hope for the displaced employees.
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SOT 5:32:02
IN Q=It's a tragedy

((LEE COBB/LYNCHBURG ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: IT'S A TRAGEDY FOR ALL THOSE PEOPLE INVOLVED. FORTUNATELY FOR THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE, WE HAVE A RELATIVELY LOW UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RIGHT NOW, AND THE POTENTIAL TO ABSORB THOSE FOLKS INTO OTHER JOBS.. IF THAT'S WHAT THEY CHOOSE TO DO.. IS GREATER THAN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN FIVE OR SIX YEARS AGO WHEN OUR UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS SEVEN OR EIGHT PERCENT.))
SUPER=01-Lee Cobb/Lynchburg Economic Development; :00
RUNS=:21
OUT Q=seven or eight percent.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Allen- Morrison had been in business in Lynchburg for more than 65 years.
Its president, Barney Reams, told News 7 yesterday he still hopes to find the financing to re-open the company in the near future.

Plane-Crash


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=plane crash beechcraft


Four people are dead after their twin-engine plane crashed last night shortly after taking off from Chesapeake Municipal Airport.
State police say the Piper Aerostar was travelling from New York to Atlanta.

Witnesses say the plane burst into flames after the crash.

P-DC8-Crash


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#596-37
GRAPHIC=airborne crash


Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are considering the possibility that human error caused last month's fatal plane crash in Giles County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Giles Co./December 23;


The company that was overhauling the D- C- 8 has all but been cleared of any wrong- doing.
Days after the plane went down, weather related causes were also ruled out.
An N- T- S- B spokesman says the focus of the investigation has now turned to pilot error.
But it could take as long as nine months before officials make a final determination as to the cause of the crash.
The plane was recently purchased by Airborne Express... and a crew of six people were taking it on a "test run" when it went down.
There were no survivors.
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HOWARD


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=legal scales


A Roanoke man has been sentenced to five years in prison for attacking two women in June.
A plea agreement kept Ronnie Lee Howard from facing a more serious charges of attempted rape.
The 22- year- old pleaded no contest yesterday to holding two women at knifepoint outside their apartment.
He apparently let them go when they screamed.
Howard also pleaded guilty to breaking into a third woman's apartment.
All three incidents happened in June.

IRVIN


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=cowboys


Police in Texas now say it could be weeks before they decide whether to charge two Dallas Cowboys with sexual assault.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX;


A twenty- three- year- old woman told police that she was attacked by Michael Irvin and Erik Williams while at Williams' home on Sunday.
Both players deny any involvement, saying they were somewhere else at the time.
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State-Budget


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#96-93
GRAPHIC=State Seal


A public hearing gave Danville voters an opportunity to tell lawmakers what they thought.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville;


The meeting was a chance for residents to express how they'd like lawmakers to spend approximately 250- million dollars in excess revenue.
Funding for schools, the mentally handicapped and disabled, as well as pay raises for state workers were among the ideas expressed.
Danville Mayor Linwood Wright also put in a request.
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SOT
IN Q=We are

((LINWOOD WRIGHT/DANVILLE MAYOR:WE ARE GOING TO REQUEST FUNDING TO DEVELOP A SMALL BUSINESS INCUBATOR TO SERVE PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY AND THE CITY OF DANVILLE, AND ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS, HOPEFULLY WE CAN FOCUS THIS ON RELATIVELY HIGH TECH ISSUES PARTICULARITY SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT. CHIP WOODRUM:THIS IS KIND OF WHAT THE PROCESS IS WE GO THROUGH THIS TRY TO GET THE INPUT FROM OUT IN THE GRASSROOTS TRY TO SEE WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT AND TRY TO GET THEIR INPUT INTO THE BUDGET. ))
SUPER=01-Linwood Wright/Danville Mayor; :00
SUPER=@Woodrum; :20
RUNS=:32
OUT Q=the budget.
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VO-NAT


Another hearing is scheduled today in Norfolk.
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Closing


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#net (edit of 96-100)
GRAPHIC=Business Closing


Workers at a Lynchburg sign company say they were "shocked" to find their business closed down and themselves out of a job yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


Employees at the Allen- Morrison company were greeted yesterday morning with a letter explaining the plant had shut down due to "cash flow" problems.
The hundred or so workers have not been paid for the last two weeks, although they did reportedly receive a small Christmas bonus.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


Allen- Morrison had been in business in Lynchburg for more than 65 years.
Its president, Barney Reams, told News 7 yesterday he still hopes to find the financing to re-open the company in the near future.

Stoval


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#96-107
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A former South Boston police officer convicted of embezzlement has avoided a two year jail term.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Halifax/File Tape;


A jury recommended a two year sentence for 42- year- old Larry Jerome Stoval when he was convicted last year.
But yesterday a judge reduced the jury's recommendation to 60- days in jail.
Stoval was convicted of taking more than one thousand dollars seized in drug raids as well as misappropriating state police funds used for drug investigations.
The judge also ordered the former South Boston narcotics investigator to pay the money back and pay court costs.
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Bedford-Sheriff


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-102
GRAPHIC=State Police Investigation


State Police are investigating the Bedford County Sheriff's department following a citizen's complaint of police brutality.
A Bedford resident says deputies roughed him up when he and others were arrested for disorderly conduct at a Smith Mountain Lake restaurant in June.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape;


David Fielder says he hit his head as Lieutenant John McCain pulled him from his car to make the arrest.
An internal investigation turned up no wrong- doing, but Lieutenant McCain himself asked state police to look into the matter, in his words "to put it to rest".
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Library


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-97
GRAPHIC=NONE


The brand new Virginia State Library opens its doors to the public this morning.
Ellen Qualls got a preview with the Governor and Mrs. Allen yesterday.
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SOT
IN Q=The Virginia
SUPER=03-Richmond; :00
SUPER=@Allen; :27
SUPER=01-Nolan Yelich/State Librarian; :54
SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:18
RUNS=1:34
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.


(( The Virginia State Library moved two blocks down Richmond's Broad Street... and picked up enough space for two side by side football fields to fit on each of its six floors.
In fact, its shelving, laid end to end, would stretch for 55 1/2 miles.
Governor Allen wanted to know if he brought his laptop, could he plug into the library's rapidly expanding computer archives?
Yes he can.
In fact it's encouraged.
SOT 03:07:03

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: COME TO THIS MUSEUM OF THE MIND AND BE EDUCATED. CAN BE ENTERTAINED...EVEN I CAN FIGURE SOME OF THESE THINGS OUT.))
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The overwhelming crowd- pleaser is the architecture... the space.
NAT SOT 02:28:41

((GOV. ALLEN: BOY ISN'T THIS NICE? YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE IS GREAT IN HERE IS YOU HAVE NATURAL LIGHT.))
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But the real reason for the move was for the books themselves.
SOT 03:43:41

((NOLAN YELICH: THE HVAC CONDITIONS IN THE OLD BUILDING WERE NOT AT THE LEVEL...SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS.))
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And if the HVAC system's working... the books are dry.
A little too dry for the Governor.
NAT SOT 02:21:08

((THESE ARE TWO DREARY. VERY NICE LITERATURE. BUT IT'S NOT FOR PUBLIC READING.))
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sot tape three 03:53:27

((IF THE 46 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF ARCHITECTURE OR THE 85 MILLION OBJECTS STORED IN THIS LIBRARY INTEREST YOU, HERE'S NEWS YOU CAN USE. THERE ARE 97 FREE PARKING SPACES UNDER THE BUILDING. AND THEY'RE OPERATING ON SATURDAY HOURS. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
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pacific-wx


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=flooding


After eight days of rain and snow.. much of the west is under water this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Reno, NV;


In Reno, Nevada, the Truckee river over-ran its banks yesterday, closing hotels, casinos and restaurants.
And in Northern California, floods forced thousands of people from their homes and left thousands more without power.
At least seventy western counties have been declared disasters.
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Nice-Wx


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=jmo
TAPE#96-101
GRAPHIC=NONE


No weather problems here, in fact most people were out and about yesterday enjoying unseasonably warm weather.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The temperatures reached into the 60s and 70s in some parts of our area.
Emelie Moles took advantage of the weather to get some fresh air for her children.
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SOT 14:44:13
IN Q=It keeps them

((WILL & EMELIE MOLES: IT KEEPS THEM FROM DRIVING ME CRAZY INSIDE ALL DAY. IT'S NICE TO GET THEM OUT AND EXPEND SOME ENERGY AND THEY SLEEP A LOT BETTER TOO.))
SUPER=07-Will & Emelie Moles;
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=lot better too.
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VO-NAT


Some people spent the day on the river banks, while others used the sunny weather for soccer practice.
This retired couple spent the afternoon on the tennis courts.
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SOT 14:55:03
IN Q=But you always

((CAL ALIFF: BUT YOU ALWAYS JUST NEED TO STAY READY AROUND HERE, GRAB THESE GOOD ONES WHEN THEY COME OUR WAY.))
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OUT Q=come our way.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


And more warm weather is in today's forecast.

letter-bomb


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


The F-B-I says beware of Christmas cards mailed from Egypt they could be letter bombs.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


Five such letter bombs sent to an Arab newspaper were found in Washington D-C yesterday.
Two more were discovered at a prison in Kansas.
Authorities detonated all the devices.
No reports of any injuries.
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GINGRICH


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=gingrich


The Associated press reports a House subcommittee has agreed to reprimand Newt Gingrich for ethics violations-- the weakest penalty possible.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


The move would allow Gingrich to keep his post as Speaker of the House if he's re-elected next week.
Gingrich has admitted filing misleading financial information.
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Gay-Marriage


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-104
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal


Same sex marriage is NOT an option in Virginia.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


Now, Abingdon Delegate Joe Johnson wants to make sure gay marriages from other states will not receive any legal recognition in Virginia.
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Governor George Allen says he'd sign that bill if it reaches his desk.
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SOT 03:10:37 tape two
IN Q=Yes I would.

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YES I WOULD. Why? WELL I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD RECOGNIZE A SAME SEX MARRIAGE AS THE SAME AS A NORMAL, REGULAR MARRIAGE.))
SOT 04:14:56

((DAVID PERRY/VIRGINIANS FOR JUSTICE: A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD SUPPORT BILLS SUCH AS JOHNSON'S SAME SEX MARRIAGE BILL WILL SAY THAT THEY'RE NOT PREJUDICED AGAINST GAYS AND LESBIANS. THAT THEY'RE NOT TRYING TO PROMOTE BIGOTRY. AND I'D INVITE THEM TO PROVE THAT BY SUPPORTING OUR BILL TO ENHANCE PENALTIES FOR BIAS-MOTIVATED VIOLENCE FOR LESBIAN AND GAY VIRGINIANS.))
SUPER=@Allen
SUPER=01-David Perry/Virginians For Justice; :11
RUNS=:32
OUT Q=and gay marriages.
TALENT=Melanie
SS=None


The state of Hawaii is embroiled in a legal debate over allowing gay marriages.
It's NOT expected to be resolved before next year.

5-Warm-Hearth


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=tal
TAPE#597-01
GRAPHIC=nursing home


With state approval now in hand, a Blacksburg retirement community plans to break ground in November for a new nursing home.
The health commissioner issued Warm Hearth Village's certificate of public need for the 60-bed facility earlier this week.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape;


Two years ago, the General Assembly passed a bill exempting Warm Hearth from a state moratorium on new nursing home space-- in order to help meet a rising need in the New River Valley.
The health commissioner's approval was the only remaining obstacle.
Between now and November, Warm Hearth will finalize design plans and launch a capital fundraising campaign for the project.
Officials hope to open the new nursing home in January of 19-99.
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p-Asthma


ANCHOR=Mel
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-05
GRAPHIC=asthma


There may be new hope for children with Asthma.
Today's Journal of Science reports that a vaccine for tuberculosis may lower the risk of developing the breathing disorder.
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VO-NAT


Medical experts already know certain ENVIRONMENTAL factors cause the disease.
But the study found children who had a strong reaction to the T-B vaccine were one- half to one-third less likely to get asthma than those who had only mild reactions.
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SOT 20:24:00
IN Q=Children

((DR. IRWIN REDLENER/PEDIATRIC ASTHMA SPECIALIST: CHILDREN WHO REACT VERY STRONGLY TO TB VACCINES MAY IN FACT HAVE IMMUNOLOGICAL FACTORS THAT PREVENT THEM FROM GETTING ASTHMA ATTACKS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Irwin Redlener/Pediatric Asthma Specialist; :
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=asthma attacks.
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VO-NAT


The study tested more than 800 Japanese children who were given a live vaccine against tuberculosis.
Some doctors say if long term studies actually confirm the tb vaccine can help prevent asthma, the U.S. may have to rethink its policy.
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SOT 20:24:28
IN Q=The provocative

((DR. IRWIN REDLENER: THE PROVOCATIVE THING ABOUT THIS STUDY FROM JAPAN SUGGESTS THAT SOMEHOW TB AS AN INFECTION OR THE VACCINE TO PREVENT TB MAY HAVE SOME PROTECTIVE EFFECT ON ASTHMA ))
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=on asthma.
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VO-NAT


In the United States children are only tested for tuberculosis....they are not given a vaccination against it.
Doctors say more research is needed.
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5-Aneurysm


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-03
GRAPHIC=none


Word of a potential treatment for some aneurysms.
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VO-NAT


European Scientists say they had an 87-percent success rate when they used a y-shaped wire mesh tube to support a weakened section of the aorta..
Doctors usually treat aneurysms by repairing the weak wall with a part of another blood vessel.... or by using stent grafts-- or straight tubes.
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P-Allen-Morrison


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#596-43
GRAPHIC=business closing


A "cash flow problem" is leaving about a hundred people out of work at a Lynchburg metal sign manufacturer.
Without warning the employees of the Allen Morrison Company found out they were no longer employed when they went to work yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


A letter was handed to each worker, saying the future of Allen-Morrison was so tenuous, employees were advised to take all their personal effects out of the building.
The metal sign manufacturer shut its doors due to a self- described "cash flow problem".
The sudden demise of a business that had operated in Lynchburg for more than 65 years caught city leaders by surprise.
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SOT 5:32:04
IN Q=It's a tragedy

((LEE COBB/LYNCHBURG ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: IT'S A TRAGEDY FOR ALL THOSE PEOPLE INVOLVED.. .SEVEN OR EIGHT PERCENT.))
SUPER=01-Lee Cobb/Lynchburg Economic Development; :00
RUNS=:19
OUT Q=seven or eight percent.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


Allen- Morrison president Barney Reams would "not" comment on camera, but told News-7 yesterday he IS trying to find a way to re- open the business.


2-Plane-Crash


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=plane crash beechcraft


And another plane has crashed in Virginia killing all its occupants.
The twin-engine plane went down last night shortly after taking off from Chesapeake Municipal Airport.
Witnesses say the plane burst into flames after the crash.
All four people aboard were killed.

DC8-Crash


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#96-103
GRAPHIC=Airborne Crash


Pilot error could be to blame for the devastating plane crash in Giles County last week.
And according to officials at the National Transportation Safety Board, that's the direction in which the investigation is now heading.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Giles Co./Last Week;


The Airborne Express, D- C- 8 crashed into a mountain side near Narrows on December 22nd.
A day later, investigators ruled out weather as a possible factor.
And the company overhauling the aircraft-- Triad Maintenance Corporation-- has been cleared of any wrong- doing... at least initially.
All six people aboard the plane were killed.
A final crash report might not be completed until the fall.
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2-Stoval


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#96-107
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A former South Boston police officer convicted of embezzlement has avoided a two year jail term.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Halifax/File Tape;


A jury recommended a two year sentence for 42- year- old Larry Jerome Stoval when he was convicted last year.
But yesterday a judge reduced the jury's recommendation to 60- days in jail.
Stovall was convicted of taking more than one thousand dollars seized in drug raids as well as misappropriating state police funds used for drug investigations.
The judge also ordered the former South Boston narcotics investigator to pay the money back and pay court costs.
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Citizens-Academy


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-106
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg Seal


If you've ever wondered what exactly it is that police officers do, you can find out without becoming a cop yourself.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape


Starting in February, Lynchburg will offer its first "citizens police academy".
The eight- week course will take participants through the same kind of classroom and field training that police recruits go through.
It's designed to give residents a better understanding of the police officer's job and the criminal justice system.
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SOT 5:14:22
IN Q=We have not

((CAPT. GARY REYNOLDS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WE HAVE NOT HAD REQUESTS BEFORE FROM THE STANDPOINT THAT ESSENTIALLY NO ONE IN THIS AREA WAS AWARE OF SUCH A THING, AND SO WE FEEL LIKE WE'RE BREAKING NEW GROUND WITH THIS IN LYNCHBURG AND THAT WE WILL PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR CITIZENS TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE TRAINING AND BASED UPON THE THE RESPONSE, WE HOPE THAT THIS WILL NOT BE A ONE- SHOT THING.))
SUPER=01-Gary Reynolds/Lynchburg Police; :00
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OUT Q=a one-shot thing.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Applications are now being accepted, and each person WILL undergo a criminal background check.

4-Scores


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=sugar bowl


In sports,
The Florida Gators won their first national championship, finishing number one in the final Associated Press college football poll.
Florida thrashed top-ranked Florida State 52-to-20 in the Sugar Bowl.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/ABC Sports;


The Gators opened a 10-3 first-quarter lead and led 24-17 at halftime.
The Seminoles rallied in the third quarter to cut Florida's lead to 24-20, but the Gators -- led by their Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback -- scored 28 unanswered points.
The Gators closed out the game on Terry Jackson's one-yard run with 2:12 left.
For last night's scores let's check the boards.
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WIPE TO SCORES
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SUPER=X5020;
SUPER=0101-/Florida State #1/20/j/Florida #3/52///;
SUPER=x5028
SUPER=0096-j/New York/92//Washington/80////Toronto/94/j/Orlando/96//Overtime/;
SUPER=x5009
SUPER=0096-/New Jersey/91/j/Miami/101////Dallas/97/j/Charlotte/107///;
SUPER=x5009
SUPER=0096-/Phoenix/94/j/Cleveland/103////Boston/87/j/Detroit/99///;
SUPER=x5009
SUPER=0096-j/Portland/112//Houston/96////Utah/80/j/San Antonio/83///;
SUPER=x5009
SUPER=0096-j/Seattle/96//Philadelphia/82///j/L.A. Lakers/90//Sacramento/83///;
SUPER=x5027
SUPER=0098-j/Kansas #1/107//Brown/49///j/Villanova #10/88//Seton Hall/67///;
SUPER=x5009
SUPER=0098-j/Indiana #12/77//Michigan State/65///j/Duke #13/104//South

Carolina/54///;
SUPER=x5009
SUPER=0098-/St. Bonn./80/j/Virginia Tech/92///j/Stanford #21/81//Arizona

State/65///;
SUPER=x5009
SUPER=0098-/Loyola/61/j/Virginia/67///j/Richmond/65//American/63///;

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