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Coming up next on News 7 at 6...
A Norfolk Southern conductor is shot while riding on a train...
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And police in Martinsville are looking for a jail inmate who overpowered deputies and escaped.
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Sports-Head


ANCHOR=Roy
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In sports, Rusty Wallace wins at Richmond Bill Foster says good bye to the Cassell.
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And the Virginia Cavaliers keep their post season playoff hopes alive with a win at home.
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WX-Head
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CK/WX-ALERT/FULL SCREEN
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for most of Western Virginia, as an area of low pressure in Louisiana is headed our way.
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That'll bring heavy rains to Western Virginia.
The complete details ahead.

D'Ville-Shooting


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=tha
TAPE# 97-3
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A Norfolk Southern conductor is recovering after he was shot while riding through Pittsylvania County.
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It happened near Chatham around three- thirty this afternoon.
A Norfolk Southern official says the conductor was riding in the front of the train when a shot shattered a window and struck him in the side.
At this point, authorities do NOT know what kind of weapon was used or who was involved.
The train was hauling mixed freight on its way to Crew, Virginia.
Authorities have NOT released the conductor's name or condition-- but say he works in the Danville area.
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Inmate


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=eea
TAPE# 97-4
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A Martinsville jail inmate escaped early this morning.
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Officials say Issac Swanson was hiding in a shower, and overpowered a deputy who was bringing in a prisoner.
Swanson and another inmate got out of the building... the other inmate was caught near the jail, but Swanson escaped.
He's described as five feet, 11 inches tall, 175 pounds.
Officials say Swanson has a history of assaulting police officers and is considered dangerous.
If you see him, contact the Martinsville-Henry County Communications Center.
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Armed-Robbery


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=Six
WRITER=Dal
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A Halifax County fast food restaurant was robbed at gunpoint last night.
The sheriff's department is looking for the man who entered the McDonald's on Route 58 around 10-30 last night and got away with a safe full of cash.
Witnesses say the robber, who's in his late 20s or early 30s, was armed and was NOT wearing a mask.
No one was injured.

Rail-Merger


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# 96-110
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An agreement to end the battle over Conrail may be near.
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Sources tell The Washington Post that Norfolk Southern and C-S-X will split up Conrail's rail lines under the proposed deal.
It says the agreement could be announced this week if it is approved by Conrail's board of directors.
The deal would end Conrail's Eastern monopoly and give C-S-X and Norfolk Southern direct access to New York.
C-S-X has offered to buy Conrail for 110-dollars a share in cash and stocks.
But Norfolk Southern proposed a hostile offer of 115-dollars a share in cash.
Conrail's board of directors supported the C-S-X deal.
But in January shareholders rejected a proposal to proceed with the C-S-X merger.
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Foster


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=Six
WRITER=Dal
TAPE# 96-106
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The curtain closed on a class act this afternoon in Blacksburg.
Bill Foster coached his last basketball game in Virginia Tech's Cassell Coliseum.
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When the smoke cleared Foster emerged to lead his Hokies against Xavier.
In his six years at Tech, Foster has won 100 games and increased the player graduation rate.
Fans hope his replacement is of the same caliber.
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((KEVIN MEEHAN/HOKIE FAN: IT BE NICE TO GET SOMEBODY YOUNG IN HERE AND ENERGETIC. WHO COULD MAKE A LONG TERM COMMITTMENT AND SO A REALLY GOOD JOB WITH THE PROGRAM OVER THE LONG TERM.))
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Fans and alumni gathered before the game at the coliseum for the 12th annual Hokie Celebration.
More than a thousand people came to the party which raised ten thousand dollars.
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((TERRY BOLT/HOKIE CELEBRATION: THE MONEY WILL GO TO ATHLETIC AND ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS. WE'RE REAL EXCITED BECAUSE WE GIVE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME GET AN EDUCATION WITH THAT MONIES.))
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The Hokies lost to Xavier 81 to 72.
Roy will have the highlights in sports.
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Tease#1

HARD MUSIC UNDER
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--
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If you've got spring fever, you'll want to stick around.
We'll check in on the Southwest Virginia Boat Show.
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Our attention is focused on the powerful low pressure system centered over Louisiana.
The cold front associated with that system is working its way toward North Carolina, where we expect it to stall out.
That means rain may be heavy throughout the day tomorrow-- and the National weather service has issued a flash flood watch for much of our viewing area-- all those details are coming up,
But first, here are today's numbers.... wx ad lib Roll Lake Level MUSIC UP FULL
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Boat-Show


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=Six
WRITER=Dal
TAPE# 97-1
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Hundreds of boats were on display at the Roanoke Civic Center this weekend.
The annual Southwest Virginia Boat Show gives shoppers a chance to see what's new in the world of water crafts.
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And some of what's new is in the motor.
Boat motors have been given an overhaul to make them more fuel efficient and to meet environmental protection agency standards.
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These sail boats might suit your fancy, but there's more to consider when you're choosing a water-craft.
First time boat buyers should have an idea of how they're going to use the boat before they go to buy.
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The warm weather brought a big crowd out to the civic center for the three day show.
Organizers say it seems everyone has spring fever.
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Rockbridge-Book


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=kmc
TAPE# 96-109
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Anyone who's ever put together a scrapbook, or attempted to trace their family tree can appreciate the value knowing one's heritage.
The Rockbridge Genealogical Society is now compiling a collection of stories written about the area.
As Kimberly McBroom reports, this won't be an ordinary history book.
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((ANGELA RULEY/ROCKBRIDGE AREA GENEALOGICAL SOC.: WE'RE ASKING THE PUBLIC TO SEND IN STORIES ABOUT THEIR FAMILY, THEIR COMMUNITY, THEIR CHURCH, THEIR ORGANIZATION. ))
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It won't be a book of historical facts--but instead, a compilation of personal recollections and tales by authors who have ties to Rockbridge County, even if they never knew it.
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((BARRY NALL: I BEGAN TO RESEARCH AND FOUND OUT MY FAMILY HAD SETTLED HERE IN VIRGINIA IN THE EARLY 1700S AND I FOUND ALL THIS OUT IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, AND I NEVER KNEW-- I ALWAYS FELT AT HOME IN VIRGINIA, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW WHY-- SO MAYBE NOW I KNOW WHY. ))
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Black- and- white photographs also tell the story of the area-- some of which date back to the late 19th century.
A few stories even have the feel of folklore-- such as the one about hunter Frank Arnold, for whom Arnold's Valley is named.
As the tale goes, Arnold made an unusual offer to a stranger passing through the area.
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((MARTHA WATKINS: HE OFFERED THE MAN, IF HE'D GIVE HIS JUG OF LIQUOR, HE'D GIVE HIM HIS WIFE AND HIS LOG CABIN. SO, ARNOLD GAVE HIM HIS CABIN AND HIS JUG OF LIQUOR, AND THE MAN ACCEPTED, AND ARNOLD LEFT WITH HIS JUG OF LIQUOR AND NEVER WAS SEEN ANYMORE SINCE. ))
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The book also promises to spotlight local figures who weren't quite as notorious.
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((JESSIE CLARK: SO, MANY BOOKS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT THE MORE PROMINENT FAMILIES, AND THIS WILL GET THE LITTLE FELLER IN THERE--AS WE WOULD SAY. ))
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pre-pro here please
If you'd like to submit a story or photograph, you can send it to the Rockbridge Heritage Book Committee.
The deadline is March 15th.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Rockbridge County.))

Business-Review


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#=BIZ
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A big award for a growing Pulaski company, and 150 new insurance jobs are heading to Lynchburg.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in our area with the News-7 Business Review.
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Manpower, Incorporated projects moderate- to- strong job growth in our area this Spring.
In Roanoke, 23- percent of companies polled intend to add jobs, 36- percent of the Lynchburg employers polled say they'll add workers.
A Pulaski company is getting national recognition for its new, high- tech product.
Quad Media won the Buyers Choice Award for designing a Portable Interactive Kiosk that helps companies sell their products at trade shows.
Salaried employees at the Volvo- GM plant in Dublin will vote on joining the United Autoworkers, which already represents WAGE workers.
Some salaried employees say they're frustrated about issues like job security, pay raises, and insurance.
Signet bank has a pair of branches in both Pulaski and Galax.
But as part of a systemwide move, it will consolidate those locations, leaving one branch in each community.
In Lynchburg there were fears that First Colony Life's new owner would cut jobs.
But it's actually adding them; G-E Capital will create 150 new positions in the Hill City and 200 others in Richmond as it moves its headquarters to Virginia.
And state legislators have approved a bill designating Southside Virginia as Virginia's Racing Region.
Local business leaders believe this will boost tourism efforts in the area.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 54 points, the Nasdaq Composite lost 25.
Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review. Nat Sot
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Stocks


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=tbr
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When we return,
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We'll have the story of one unusual soup can right after this.
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Feedback 3/2/97


ANCHOR=Eric
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WRITER=jmc
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When a viewer in Franklin County had some harsh words for the CBS Evening News this week, he wrote to us, not them.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has this week's Feedback.
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(( The day after a gunman opened fire on tourists at the Empire State Building, the CBS Evening News followup coverage included a live interview with New York's mayor.
One issue that came up: gun control.
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((DAN RATHER/CBS EVENING NEWS ANCHOR: HOW IS IT THAT A MAN FROM OVERSEAS COMES INTO THE COUNTRY AND WITHIN A MATTER OF DAYS SEEMINGLY WITH NO PROBLEM IS ABLE TO PURCHASE A HANDGUN? RUDOLPH GIULIANI/NEW YORK MAYOR: BECAUSE IN SOME PLACES IN THIS COUNTRY THE LAWS WITH RESPECT TO GUNS ARE INSANE, DAN. IT MAKES NO SENSE IN A CIVILIZED, SENSIBLE SOCIETY THAT A TRANSIENT LIVING IN A MOTEL FOR ONE DAY CAN BUY A NEW SEMI-AUTOMATIC ATTACK WEAPON.))
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After seeing that exchange, a viewer from Ferrum wrote:
"While no one can deny the tragedy of these reprehensible acts of an obvious madman, I feel the coverage was nothing more than the sensationalizing of this act for purely political gain. It was like watching a free commercial for Handgun Control Incorporated.
Mayor of New York City Rudolph Giuliani is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution to state his opinion, and I am protected by the Second Amendment to own firearms. For him to denigrate my rights without any balance, and to basically paint the millions of legal, law abiding gun owners in this nation with the same brush as an alien madman made me sick to my stomach.
I am all for the responsible and prudent ownership of guns. But it is more than high time for people to realize that a gun cannot pull its own trigger.
I thank you for this forum to speak my mind. I will not, however, write a similar letter to CBS News in New York. That is to me tantamount to trying to persuade an atheist to believe in the existence of God."
If you have a comment on news coverage or topics in the news, write to News-7 Feedback at P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022.
Faxes should be sent to 343-7269.
Our E-mail address is news@wdbj.com.
And try our new on-line moderated forum on our home page: www.wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7. ))

Soup


ANCHOR=Eric
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=dse
TAPE# 97-2
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Call it one of the most valuable soup cans around.
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Jeanna Dodd picked up what looked like an ordinary can of soup from a Fairfax foodbank this week.
But when she opened it, it turned out to be a tiny safe containing seven- thousand dollars in jewelry.
The owners of the jewelry came forward yesterday to reclaim their goods.
Dodd wasn't left empty handed though.
The owners gave her a thousand- dollar reward for her honesty.
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Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
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And coming up, Sugar Ray Leonard is back in retirement Virginia Beats Maryland.
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And Rusty Wallace takes the checkered flag in the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond.
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S-Tech


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S6-28
GRAPHIC=Tech Logo


An era came to a close today as Bill Foster coached in his final regular season game at the Cassell.
And after 6 seasons at the helm of the Hokies the players and fans sent him out on a positive note despite losing to Xavier 81 to 72.
Steve Mason has more on an emotional day in Blacksburg.
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S-UVA


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#VB97-1
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The virginia Cavaliers finished the regular season with a win over 16-th ranked Maryland this afternoon in Charlottesville.
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It was senior day for Jeff Jones and his Cavaliers.
The game was close in the first half but Harold Deane takes it to the hoop drawing the foul and giving the Cavaliers a one point lead.
Maryland went up by four but Curtis Staples hit a three pointer and the Cavaliers trailed 39 to 38 at the half.
The Terps rallied to open the second half Laron Profit takes it to the hoop for the reverse layup and a 47 to 40 Maryland lead.
The Terps would up that lead to 10 moments later Keith Booth goes in for the reverse layup.
But the Cavaliers rallied and took the lead with 5 minutes left when Courtney Alexander hit the three making it 62 to 61.
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of the way the Cavaliers knocking off Maryland 81 to 74.
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S-Race


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#R-35
GRAPHIC=Richmond Logo


Rusty Wallace found the groove late in the race and he survived two late cautions to take the checkered flag and win the Pontiac Excitement 400 at the Richmond International Raceway.
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South Boston's Jeff Burton was running in sixth place early in the race but brake problems sent him to the garage area.
Jeff Gordon, Who started on the outside pole, moved to the front and he would lead after 46 laps with his teammate Terry Labonte second.
But Dale Jarrett in car number 88 made his move and he took the lead on the 66-th lap of the race and he was the leader at the halfway mark.
Morgan Shepherd had a few problems his hood popped up after banging up the nose of his car.
Rick Mast, was running in the top 10, but he was 16-th at this point in the race trying to hold off Jarrett.
Wallace had a strong car in the race and he was crusing up front ahead of the field with 58 laps to go.
But with 15 laps to go Ernie Irvan hits the wall bringing out the fourth caution of the day.
It was three laps left when the race restarted and Wallace got the jump on Jarrett to take the checkered Flag for the win.
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Geoff Bodine was second, Jarrett third, Gordon fourth and Ricky Rudd finished fifth.

S-Boxing


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S7-1
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It's back to retirement for boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.
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Last night in Atlantic City Hector "Macho" Comacho spoiled Leonard's latest comeback with a fifth round T-K-O.
The 34 year old Comacho knocked Leonard down in the fifth round and the end of the fight came after Comacho landed an eleven punch barrage forcing referee Joe Cortez to stop the fight giving Comacho the win. (-------------) This was Leonard's first fight since losing to Terry Morris in 1991.