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7Rail-Merger


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TAPE#96-
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Norfolk Southern continues its hot pursuit of Conrail.
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NORFOLK SOUTHERN-NORFOLK HQ, LAMBERTS PT. lbstock 1 01:02:50
N-S, which owns nine- point- nine- percent of Conrail's stock, says it seeks to remove all but three members of Conrail's current board of directors. conrail ceo levan...lbstock 10
Among those it wants to oust: the head of Conrail, C-E-O David LeVan
(la-van).

csx/conrail...lbstock 10
N-S is battling with cross- state rival C-S-X for the opportunity to purchase Conrail. pre pro of price difference
Conrail's board has recommended shareholders take the C-S-X offer, even though N-S is willing to pay more per- share.
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7E-I-73


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Interstate 73 was thought of by business leaders as more revenue brought into the area. Most were excited about the highway running through Roanoke and Martinsville.
But now comes word that Virginia taxpayers may have to dig deep to build their portion of the Detroit to Charleston road.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( John Warner says he's filing a bill immediately to re-authorize the six year ISTEA road building act that helps pay the bills.
But even with a formula that's more generous to Virginia...
sot tape two 05:07:34

((SEN. JOHN WARNER: IT'S GONNA BE A BATTLE ROYAL. WE'RE FIGHTING THE NORTHEAST STATES. ANOTHER CHAPTER OF THE WAR OF NORTHERN AGGRESSION. WE'RE GONNA HAVE A REAL FIGHT.))
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So IF Warner wins, that means Virginia gets between 60 and 280 million more dollars a year -- and the Roanoke to state line portion of I-73 could cost a BILLION dollars by itself.
And it's in competition with projects in Virginia that are just as near and dear to lawmakers' hearts.
sot TAPE ONE 04:37:14

((ROBERT MARTINEZ/VA. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: PUT IT REAL STARK FOR YOURSELVES. I-81 GOES THROUGH MANY OF YOUR DISTRICTS.... DESIGNATED ROUTE.))
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Southside manufacturers are NOT cheering.
sot TAPE TWO 05:18:18

((GEORGE LESTER/JOB LINK: WELL I'M EXCITED THAT WE'RE MOVING ALONG AS WE ARE. I'M FRUSTRATED THAT WE'RE NO FURTHER ALONG THAN WE ARE.... 15 YEARS TO 20 YEARS -- THAT'S A LONG TIME....MAY BE SHELVED ALTOGETHER. AND THAT'S A CONCERN OF MINE.))
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So far, the Commonwealth Transportation Board has authorized only six million dollars over the next few years for picking the exact route out of a five mile wide corridor.
Money beyond that is anybody's guess.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
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7P-hENRY-INDUSTRY


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Some new jobs could be coming to the southside.
The president of an Ohio based embroidery company says representatives from his firm are heading to Martinsville regarding a major job announcement.
Published reports last week linked the "Five-B's Embroidery Company" of Zanesville Ohio, to the location of a major plant in the Martinsville- Henry County area.
The report said as many as 500 new jobs could be created.
A news conference is scheduled for later this week.

7P-VA-Jobless


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TAPE#597-10
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Meanwhile, a new study by the New Century Council, reveals jobs that
manufacturing jobs are at a standstill. SS=va unemployment


When it comes to the jobless rates-- the Virginia Employment commission released it's latest figures...
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Statewide, unemployment increased to just under four-percent, one percentage point above the November rate.
Lynchburg's also rose a little, to just under three and a half percent.
Roanoke's jobless rate went DOWN a percentage point, to two and a half percent.
Among individual cities and counties, Dickenson County had the highest unemployment, pushing 17 percent.
Roanoke County and Lexington were among the lowest, roughly in the two-percent range.
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7weather


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The wintry weather has forced a few schools to close today.
Carroll County schools are closed
And in Grayson County- Mount Rogers School ONLY is closed. The rest of Grayson County will operate on a normal schedule.
Turning now to the forecast-- most of us can expect cloudy skies today with highs in the upper 30s.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 2/12/97

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SUPER=130-4/Ashley Seymore/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-9/Jeremy Kenley/Radford;



SUPER=130-40/Vergie Hodge/Martinsville;



SUPER=130-7/Emily Smith/Gladys;



SUPER=130-32/Marsha Jessee/Bland;



SUPER=130-32/Judy Vest/Pilot;



SUPER=130-2/Summer Norton/Ferrum;



SUPER=130-/Danielle Preston/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-/Randy Doss/Glade Hill;



SUPER=130-38/Susan Gliniecki/Roanoke;


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55Bedford-super


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Two of Wester Virginia's fasting growing elementary school's can expect any new funding this year.
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VO-NAT
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By a four-to-three margin, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted down a 3 and a half million dollar bond proposal from the county school board.
Members of the Jefferson Forest P-T-A say their area is suffering because of the mismanagement of funds by the school board.
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((THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS SPENT THE MONEY ON CAPITAL NEEDS, BUT THEY ARE NOT THE CAPITAL NEEDS THAT WERE PROPOSED IN THE FUNDING REQUEST. AND THAT'S WHERE CITIZENS ARE GETTING FRUSTRATED. ))
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A bond sale last year raised money for school improvements in Moneta, Stewartsville, and Staunton River.
Those projects are not yet completed.
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The only member of the Bedford County school board attending the meeting did not comment.

55E-Forbes


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TAPE#96-110
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The Campaign Trail might not have seen the last of Steve Forbes. That's what the Former Republican presidential candidate told a Liberty University audience.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


While he bowed out of the presidential race early on, yesterday's speech sounded like it came straight from the campaign trail.
Forbes attacked the federal government for what he calls excessive regulations that stifle economic progress.
Even still, Forbes says he remains an optimist.
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((STEVE FORBES/FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: SO WHILE WE FACE ENORMOUS PROBLEMS, WE ALSO FACE ENORMOUS OPPORTUNITIES. WE HAVE THE ENERGY, WE HAVE THE FUNDAMENTALS IN FAVOR OF US, ALL WE HAVE TO DO NOW IS MAKE IT HAPPEN.))
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Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts will visit Liberty next month.
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55S-Brown


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TAPE#96-105
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More testimony today in the trial of a Lynchburg man facing a murder charge in connection with a deadly confrontation outside a Hill city night spot.
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20- year- old Troy Brown is charged with gunning down 18- year- old Derrick Crews in the early morning hours of July 27th.
The two men had argued outside the Pepper Baux (box) restaurant when Brown allegedly shot Crews in the chest.
Defense attorneys claim Brown was in fear for his life when he killed Crews.
Prosecutors call it cold- blooded murder.
The jury will hear closing arguments this morning.
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55weather


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The recent wintry precipitation is causing some schools to close today.
Carroll County schools are closed.
And in Grayson County- Mount Rogers School ONLY is closed. The rest of Grayson County will operate on a normal schedule.
As for today's weather, look for mostly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 30s.
Meanwhile, tonight looks partly cloudy, with lows dropping in to the mid 20s.
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8Rail-Merger


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TAPE#96-
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It's full steam ahead for Norfolk Southern's effort to purchase Conrail.
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VO-NAT
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NORFOLK SOUTHERN-NORFOLK HQ, LAMBERTS PT. lbstock 1 01:02:50
N-S, which owns nine- point- nine- percent of Conrail's stock, says it seeks to remove all but three members of Conrail's current board of directors. conrail ceo levan...lbstock 10
Among those it wants to oust: the head of Conrail, C-E-O David LeVan
(la-van).

csx/conrail...lbstock 10
N-S is battling with cross- state rival C-S-X for the opportunity to purchase Conrail. pre pro of price difference
Conrail's board has recommended shareholders take the C-S-X offer, even though N-S is willing to pay more per- share.
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8P-hENRY-INDUSTRY


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TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NEW industry


A major job announcement may be coming soon to Martinsville.
Published reports last week linked the "Five-B's Embroidery Company" of Zanesville Ohio, to the location of a major plant in the Martinsville- Henry County area.
The report said as many as 500 new jobs could be created.
Henry County economic development leaders would not comment.
A news conference is scheduled for later this week.

8P-VA-Jobless


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#597-10
SS=new century council


Manufacturing jobs in southwest Virginia are in a lull-- that according to a study by the New Century Council.
Analysts say jobs that ARE being created don't boost the economy.
SS=va unemployment


When it comes to the jobless rates-- the Virginia Employment commission released it's latest figures...
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VO-NAT


Statewide, unemployment increased to just under four-percent, one percentage point above the November rate.
Lynchburg's also rose a little, to just under three and a half percent.
Roanoke's jobless rate went DOWN a percentage point, to two and a half percent.
Among individual cities and counties, Dickenson County had the highest unemployment, pushing 17 percent.
Lexington and Roanoke County were among the lowest, roughly in the two-percent range.
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8E-I-73


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TAPE#97-2
GRAPHIC=I-73


The much- hyped Interstate 73 route running through Roanoke and Martinsville may bring a larger price tag than its supporters figured.
Ellen Qualls has more on that story.
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OUT Q=News 7 Richmond

(( John Warner says he's filing a bill immediately to re-authorize the six year ISTEA road building act that helps pay the bills.
But even with a formula that's more generous to Virginia...
sot tape two 05:07:34

((SEN. JOHN WARNER: IT'S GONNA BE A BATTLE ROYAL. WE'RE FIGHTING THE NORTHEAST STATES. ANOTHER CHAPTER OF THE WAR OF NORTHERN AGGRESSION. WE'RE GONNA HAVE A REAL FIGHT.))
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So IF Warner wins, that means Virginia gets between 60 and 280 million more dollars a year -- and the Roanoke to state line portion of I-73 could cost a BILLION dollars by itself.
And it's in competition with projects in Virginia that are just as near and dear to lawmakers' hearts.
sot TAPE ONE 04:37:14

((ROBERT MARTINEZ/VA. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: PUT IT REAL STARK FOR YOURSELVES. I-81 GOES THROUGH MANY OF YOUR DISTRICTS.... DESIGNATED ROUTE.))
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Southside manufacturers are NOT cheering.
sot TAPE TWO 05:18:18

((GEORGE LESTER/JOB LINK: WELL I'M EXCITED THAT WE'RE MOVING ALONG AS WE ARE. I'M FRUSTRATED THAT WE'RE NO FURTHER ALONG THAN WE ARE.... 15 YEARS TO 20 YEARS -- THAT'S A LONG TIME....MAY BE SHELVED ALTOGETHER. AND THAT'S A CONCERN OF MINE.))
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So far, the Commonwealth Transportation Board has authorized only six million dollars over the next few years for picking the exact route out of a five mile wide corridor.
Money beyond that is anybody's guess.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
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8weather


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A couple of schools in our area are closing today due to the recent winter weather.
Carroll County schools are closed.
And in Grayson County- Mount Rogers School ONLY is closed. The rest of Grayson County will operate on a normal schedule.
Today's forecast looks mostly cloudy, with a few flurries in the New River Valley.
High will be in the upper 30s.
Tonight looks partly cloudy, with chilly lows in the mid 20s.
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