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7Roanoke-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#96-105
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A fire caused some costly damage to a Roanoke home during the night last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke


It happened shortly after two a-m in the 22-hundred block of Hanover Avenue on the city's Northwest side.
The home was unoccupied and is in the process of being remodeled.
It's the second fire at the house in recent months.
Firefighters say the upper portion of the two story home sustained several thousand dollars worth of damage.
No word on what caused the blaze.
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7Shelters


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE# 97-3
GRAPHIC=Session 97


Many of the state's homeless are looking to the General Assembly for help as they face budget cutbacks.
SS=Thomas, Vic


Roanoke Delegate Vic Thomas has introduced a three and a half million dollar budget amendment that would double available funding for those programs.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


In Roanoke, the Transitional Living Center is wrestling with a 60- thousand dollar deficit.
The shortfall has already caused one lay- off and may force the facility to accept fewer residents.
State money accounts for just three percent of the program's budget, but TAP officials are hopeful an increase from the General Assembly will help them deal with cuts in other funding.
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IN Q=It has not increased

((ELLEN BROWN/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: IT HAS NOT INCREASED IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS ALTHOUGH THE NEED IS MUCH GREATER. WE HAVE 12 FAMILIES ON OUR WAITING LIST AT ANY TIME WAITING TO COME FROM EMERGENCY SHELTER TO HERE AND A LOT OF PROGRAMS LIKE OURS ARE SUFFERING NOW FROM FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS. FEDERAL FUNDS FOR PROGRAMS LIKE THIS HAVE DECREASED 28 PERCENT DUE TO CONGRESSIONAL CUTS.))
SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/Total Action Against Poverty;
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OUT Q=due to congressional cuts.
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VO-NAT


The Transitional Living Center has a capacity of 65 residents.
Most are families, and one- third of the center's residents are children.
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7Shell-Building


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE# 97-2
GRAPHIC=None


The Roanoke Valley's lack of developed business sites creates a big challenge when it comes to attracting new businesses to the area.
But that could be changed in a few months.
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A new building should be on the market in Botetourt County by mid- year.
Plans were unveiled recently for a shell building that will go in the Vista Corporate Park.
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SOT 11:48:18
IN Q=It's the

((ANN PIEDMONT/ECON. DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP: IT'S THE SAME PARK WHERE A-O SMITH IS AND AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE PHOTO, IT'S GOING TO MAKE QUITE A HANDSOME ADDITION TO THE PARK, AND A GREAT ADDITION TO OUR BUILDING INVENTORY THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO MARKET FAR AND WIDE.))
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The region has a good track record when it comes to shell buildings.
Another one that was constructed recently is now occupied by York International, which eventually expects to have 160 employees.
Before York bought it, the shell building was visited by 16 different companies.
One of those firms ended up locating its business right next door to York.

7Parents-Rights


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=sly
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=Session 97


A proposed parental rights constitutional amendment will come up today in the Virginia Senate.
The amendment would give parents a fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their children.
Supporters say it's a matter of common sense.
Opponents say the measure threatens public education and protections for children from abuse.

7Bingo


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# net ;96-66
GRAPHIC=Va State Seal


Some state lawmakers would like to see the state Charitable Gaming Commission abolished.
That's not likely to happen, but the regulations on the Commission soon could see some change.
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SUPER=03-Collinsville/August;


State Senator Bo Trumbo along with another senator have filed bills to do away with the commission.
They would like regulation of bingo and raffle games to be returned to local governments.
But Governor Allen is supporting a bill that would reform the commission and minimize regulations imposed on charitable bingo operators.
Latest estimates place the bingo pot at 250 million dollars a year, generated by more than two-thousand organizations.
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7Belk


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Thomas Milburn Belk, the Belk department store chain passed away this weekend at a Charlotte, North Carolina hospital.
The 71- year old was the son of the company founder, William Henry Belk,
Last year Belk bought out the Virginia-based Leggett store chain.
And two weeks ago it announced that existing Leggett stores will wear the Belk name.

7WEATHER


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Taking a look at today's forecast. look for a chance of freezing rain and sleet with highs in the upper 30s.
Tonight the moisture should change to all rain , with lows around 30.
Looking ahead the wet weather should end tomorrow afternoon.
Highs will rise a bit into the upper 40s.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 1/28/97

SUPER=130-67/Rennie Cox/Blacksburg;



SUPER=130-29/Joyce Woolwine/Blacksburg;



SUPER=130-21/Gwendolyn Adams/Clifton Forge;



SUPER=130-17/Kristie Beasley/Hillsville;



SUPER=130-12/Greg Duff/Madison Heights;



SUPER=130-6/Amanda Duncan/Bland;



SUPER=130-9/Bobby Wilkerson/Stewartsville;



SUPER=130-3/Rochelle Edwards/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-/Candace Bean/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-6/Phillip Bowling/Madison Heights;



SUPER=130-79/Curtis Hurst/Radford;



SUPER=130-40/John Hughes/Blacksburg;



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55-2-Roanoke-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=sly
TAPE#96-105
GRAPHIC=Fire


Firefighters battled a house fire early this morning in northwest Roanoke.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke


Fire broke out shortly after two a-m at the home in the 22-hundred block of Hanover Avenue.
It was the second time firefighters were called to the house in recent months.
The house was unoccupied and is in the process of being remodeled.
Firefighters say the upper portion of the two story home sustained several thousand dollars worth of damage.
No word on what caused the blaze.
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55Bedford-Schools


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# 97-4
GRAPHIC=Education


Bedford County and a P-T-A Coalition agree on one thing, the county's schools are overcrowded.
But they can't agree on how to improve the situation.
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SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;


Bedford County is one of the fastest growing school divisions in our area.
In the past couple of years the county has seen an average of three to four hundred new students each year.
The board wants to build a 750- pupil elementary school in the Forest area.
The Coalition says that's too big.
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((JOHN KENT/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: INITIALLY THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT BUILDING A 500 PUPIL SCHOOL BUT THE WAY THE GROWTH IS CONTINUING IN BEDFORD COUNTY A 500 PUPIL SCHOOL THE DAY IT OPENED WOULD BE AT CAPACITY SO WE WANT TO BUILD SOME RESIDUAL CAPACITY IN THE SCHOOLS.))
SUPER=01-John Kent/Bedford Co. School Superintendent; :
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The school board has already moved fifth graders from the elementary school to the middle schools and eight graders to high schools.
Kent says the engineering firm the school board has employed is looking at developing a prototypical elementary school.
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IN Q=Do they really

((DEBBY ALLEN/PTA COALITION: DO THEY REALLY WANT THOSE LARGE SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. AND IF IT'S A PROTOTYPE WILL THIS BE THE SIZE OF FUTURE SCHOOLS? WHAT WELL HAPPEN TO OUR SMALLER SCHOOLS DOWN THE ROAD WHEN ENROLLMENT LEVELS OFF.
JOHN KENT/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IT WOULD ACTUALLY BE A SCHOOL WITHIN A SCHOOL. A PRIMARY UNIT AND AN ELEMENTARY UNIT TO TRY TO REDUCE THE SIZE IN TERMS OF THE CHILDREN WITHIN THE BUILDING WHERE YOU'D HAVE A PRIMARY AND ELEMENTARY AREA.))
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The school board is hoping to build three elementary schools within the next five years at a cost of six- million a piece.
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55Colonial-Downes


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The House of Delegates will take up a bill this week to give Colonial Downs two more months to open its horse track in New Kent County.
The House General Laws Committee voted 11-to-3 over the weekend to recommend the bill.
It extends the deadline from July 1st to September 1st.

55Weather


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Turning now to the forecast-- today will be cloudy, with the chance of some wintry precipitation.
We could see some sleet or freezing rain by the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s.
Tonight, we should see the moisture changing to all rain- with lows near 30s.
Tomorrow looks drier and warmer, with highs reaching the upper 40s.
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8Southern-Heritage


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=Dal
TAPE# 97-1
GRAPHIC=None


In Danville, yesterday residents turned out for the fourth annual Lee-Jackson Southern Heritage Parade.
But not everyone in attendance was pleased with the celebration because of the confederate that was waved throughout the march.
Denise Allen has more.
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SUPER=01-Rev. William Avon Keen/Danville SCLC; :25
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(( What this flag symbolizes is still up for debate.
To some it represents racism.
To members of the Heritage Preservation Association it's the symbol of the Civil War.
A war they say that was not about slavery. ((WAYNE BYRD/HERITAGE PRESERVATION ASSN: THAT WAS THE ISSUE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BEING SERVANTS OF THE STATES, NOT BEING A MANDATING, DICTATING, CENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT.)) ((REV. WILLIAM AVON KEEN/DANVILLE S.C.L.C.: IT CAN BE USED AS A TOOL TO EDUCATE ABOUT WHAT DIVISION CAN CAUSE. IT CAUSED BROTHER TO FIGHT BROTHER, COUSIN TO FIGHT COUSIN AND IT DIVIDED THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.))
Should the Confederate Flag fly over state buildings?
In South Carolina, voters will decide.
But Rev. Keen says that issue was decided with bloodshed and political action in the 18-hundreds. ((KEEN: THIS IS A CLEAR PICTURE TO US THERE ARE POCKETS OF CONFEDERATE SYMPATHIZERS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ABROAD THAT STILL DON'T BELIEVE THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL.)) ((BYRD: THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. WE'RE RECLAIMING OUR HERITAGE. WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET THE HATE GROUPS SUBVERT THE REAL MEANING OF OUR COUNTRY'S FLAG WHICH IS THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. THIS FLAG WASN'T GIVEN UP WILLINGLY. IT WAS TAKEN FROM US BY ARMED INVASION.))
Both Rev. Keen and Wayne Byrd say if everyone was educated on what the war was REALLY about, the debate would be over.
Denise Allen News 7 Danville.))

8Roanoke-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=sly
TAPE#96-105
GRAPHIC=Fire


A home being remodeled went up in flames last night in northwest Roanoke.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke


It happened shortly after two a-m in the 22-hundred block of Hanover Avenue on the city's Northwest side.
The home was unoccupied at the time.
It's the second fire at the house in recent months.
Firefighters say the upper portion of the two story home sustained several thousand dollars worth of damage.
No word on what caused the blaze.
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8Shelters


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE# 97-3
GRAPHIC=Shelter


Many homeless residents who depend on shelters to provide them with food and warmth may be left out in the cold.
Many of the state's shelters are facing drastic budget cutbacks and are turning to the General Assembly for help.
SS=Thomas, Vic


Roanoke Delegate Vic Thomas has introduced a three and a half million dollar budget amendment that would double available funding for those programs.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


In Roanoke, the Transitional Living Center is wrestling with a 60- thousand dollar deficit.
The shortfall has already caused one lay- off and may force the facility to accept fewer residents.
State money accounts for just three percent of the program's budget, but TAP officials are hopeful an increase from the General Assembly will help them deal with cuts in other funding.
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((ELLEN BROWN/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: IT HAS NOT INCREASED IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS ALTHOUGH THE NEED IS MUCH GREATER. WE HAVE 12 FAMILIES ON OUR WAITING LIST AT ANY TIME WAITING TO COME FROM EMERGENCY SHELTER TO HERE AND A LOT OF PROGRAMS LIKE OURS ARE SUFFERING NOW FROM FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS. FEDERAL FUNDS FOR PROGRAMS LIKE THIS HAVE DECREASED 28 PERCENT DUE TO CONGRESSIONAL CUTS.))
SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/Total Action Against Poverty;
RUNS=:23
OUT Q=due to congressional cuts.
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VO-NAT


The Transitional Living Center has a capacity of 65 residents.
Most are families, and one- third of the center's residents are children.
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8Weather


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Turning now to the forecast-- today will be cloudy, with the chance of some wintry precipitation.
We could see some sleet or freezing rain by the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s.
Tonight, we should see the moisture changing to all rain- with lows near 30s.
Tomorrow looks drier and warmer, with highs reaching the upper 40s.
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