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7p-Palestinian-Family


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#597-01
SS=legal scales


Federal officials break up an organized crime ring in the Roanoke Valley.
Authorities say members of a Palestinian family sought to gain control of the valley's convenience store business using heavy-handed scare tactics including arson and murder.
Keith Humphry has the story.
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SOT
IN Q=
SUPER=03-Salem/April 2, 1994; :11
SUPER=01-Bob Crouch/U.S. Attorney; :34
SUPER=01-Tom Bondurant/Prosecutor;:59
SUPER=@Keith2; 1:15
RUNS=1:22
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS-7.

((
Nine fires are listed in the indictment... some so serious they ended in death. The government contends that was no accident.
The most spectacular blaze may have been the one at Mixers restaurant and Lounge... three years ago.
The Grand Jury says the owners paid the Abed family to torch the place for the insurance money.
About 75 people were inside when the fire broke out.
Arson for hire was just a side-line in this family business, officials say. Most often it was used to intimidate legitimate competitors, to try to run them out of business.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 15:23:55 Crouch
IN Q=

((PART OF THEIR ALLEGED ACTIVITIES WAS ROBBING STEALING FROM SOME OTHER BUSINESS AND THEN USING THE STOLEN GOODS TO STOCK THEIR OWN STORES.))
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=


Investigators believe the couple that died in this fire on 13th Street Southwest two years ago- -was MURDERED- -eliminated because they MIGHT have seen who set the Corner Store on fire earlier the same day.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 15:13:58 Tom B.
IN Q=

((THE ABED FAMILY AND THEIR ASSOCIATES OWNED THE SPEEDWAY MARKET ON 13TH STREET HERE IN TOWN. THE CORNER STORE WAS TAKING AWAY BUSINESS FROM THE SPEEDWAY. SO THE EASIEST WAY TO TAKE CARE OF THAT IS TO BURN OUT THE CORNER STORE.))
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=corner store.


Narcotics trafficking is also a part of the allegations.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))

7P-Train-Update


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=THa
TAPE#597-04
GRAPHIC=none


In Pittsylvania County, A thirteen year old boy is the prime suspect in the weekend shooting of a train conductor.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./Sunday;


A Norfolk Southern spokesman says the teenager is accused of using a high-powered air pistol.
The incident happened Sunday afternoon near Chatham.
State police say 40- year- old Robin (Say-Fritt) Safrit was riding in the front of the train when he was struck in the left side with what appeared to be a b-b pellet.
Safrit is recovering from minor injuries.
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7E-Framatome


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-4
GRAPHIC=Framatome


A Lynchburg nuclear plant faces more than 12-thousand dollars in fines for a shipping mistake.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape;


According to the U-S Nuclear Regulatory Commission... Framatome
(koh-JEE-muh) Cogema accidentally sent a uranium-based fuel assembly to

Germany.
That resulted in five citations and the fine.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


A company official says preventive measures began immediately after the mishap.
He also said that in no way did the mistake endanger public health or safety.

7E-NAACP


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-2
GRAPHIC=NONE


The N- Double A-C-P's Roanoke chapter is backing a national boycott of ten major hotel chains.
(----------------)
VO-NAT


The civil rights group has questioned the hotels' commitment to minority hiring and promotion.
The list includes several chains with locations in the Roanoke Valley.
Yesterday, leaders of the Roanoke chapter said they hope to open a dialogue with local hotel operators.
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SOT 10:26:13
IN Q=It doesn't make sense

((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE FOR ME TO BE SPENDING MY DOLLARS OR FOR ANYONE TO BE SPENDING THEIR DOLLARS AT PLACES THAT DON'T SUPPORT THEM. WE OUGHT TO SUPPORT PEOPLE THAT SUPPORT US.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=that support us.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Local attention has been focused on the Hotel Roanoke, part of the Doubletree chain.
General Manager Gary Walton says the hotel is proud of its diversity. He says minority employees make up 38 percent of the hotel's work force.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


Meanwhile, the N- Double A-C-P says a review of the automobile industry may be next.

7weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cut-in
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#
GRAPHIC=


Some school information to pass on to those living in Highland County. Schools are delayed two hours this morning.
Taking a look at today's forecast, it will be mostly sunny, but very windy.
A high wind advisory is in effect.
Expect temperatures in the upper 40s.
Clear and still breezy tonight, with lows in the 20s.
Sunny again tomorrow, with highs near 50.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 3/7/97
Friday:

SUPER=130-9/Tabitha Davis/Rocky Mount;



SUPER=130-16/Sean Runyon/Troutville;



SUPER=130-8/Scott Boyd/Hiwassee;



SUPER=130-1/Drake Flippen/Bassett;



SUPER=130-8/Allison Cundiff/Vinton;



SUPER=130-15/Mary Southens/Lexington;



SUPER=130-17/Harley Moles/Troutville;



SUPER=130-/Esther Reed/Riner;



SUPER=130-50/Wanda Ward/Dublin;


Saturday:

SUPER=130-/Brenda Brooks/Chatham;



SUPER=130-7/Heather Joyner/Elliston;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-50th/George & Betty Michales/Salem;



SUPER=130-3/Tyler Roop/Blacksburg;



SUPER=130-90/Virgie Wohlford/Hillsville;



SUPER=130-14/Matthew Ward/Vinton;



SUPER=130-40/Connie Hauff/Vinton;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-/Paul King/Blue Ridge;



SUPER=130-32/Sharon Tyree/Rocky Mount;



(Twins!)
SUPER=130-/Cecile Moore & Cecilia McGhee/Penhook;



SUPER=130-35/Teresa Graham/Boones Mill;



SUPER=130-98/Effie Gauldin/Martinsville;


Movie-Review


ANCHOR=Larry
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=ldo
TAPE# Dante's Peak
GRAPHIC=none


Sure, it's formulaic and predictable to some extent, but as disaster movies go, "Dante's Peak" delivers.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=


The movie gives the audience time to connect with the characters, particularly Pierce Brosnan as a geologist who is certain the mountain above the little town of Dante's Peak is going to erupt.
Linda Hamilton--the beleaguered mayor of the town-is caught between local politics and fear of disaster.
The special effects are truly spectacular and mimic the effects of the Mt. Saint Helens eruption.
The scientific slant is interesting too--not only the monitoring technology, but the geological changes that occur with a volcanic eruption.
"Dante's Peak" gets a "B". These visual effects make "Twister" look like a thunderstorm. cutopen
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55Palestine


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=aje
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


Two Palestinian brothers are among eight poeple who are facing federal charges in Roanoke.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The group is being charged with racketeering and allegedly using arson and other violent crime to drive restaurant and convenience store competitors out of business.
Prosecutors contend the defendants were involved in murder, arson, extortion, insurance fraud, robbery and drug distribution.
Six of the eight arrested are from the same family.
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55E-Jump-Start


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-7
GRAPHIC=eDUCATION


A literacy development program through Riner Elementary School is giving pre-schoolers a jump-start on the transition to kindergarten.
Tracy Altizer has the story.
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SOT
IN Q=Five year- old Kaitlin
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Monday; :00
SUPER=01-Kaitlin Clower/Riner Kindergartner; :11
SUPER=01-Joyce Clower/Kaitlin's Mother; :17
SUPER=01-Chris Kile/Parent; :29
SUPER=01-Melissa Kile/Jumpstart Director; :45
SUPER=01-Joshua Long/Jumpstart Student; :56 QUICK!!
SUPER=@Tracy1; 1:00
SUPER=01-Brittany Epperly/Riner Kindergartner; 1:09 QUICK!!
RUNS=1:27
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.

(( Five year- old Kaitlin Clower loves Kindergarten.
And she couldn't wait to attend Jumpstart again this year.
Last year's program introduced her to school.
(/////SOT/////)

((DID JUMPSTART MAKE YOU EXCITED TO GO TO SCHOOL? KAITLIN CLOWER/RINER KINDERGARTNER: YEAH IT DID, IT REALLY DID. AND I ALSO LIKE THE JUMPSTART. )) ((JOYCE CLOWER/KAITLIN'S MOTHER: OUT OF THE CAR AND INTO SCHOOL. NO TEARS, NOTHING. JUST KISS MOMMY GOODBYE AND INTO SCHOOL, THAT WAS IT.))
Teachers say Jumpstart has had that effect on many children, and it's helped prepare their parents.
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((CHRIS KILE/PARENT: WELL IT'S MADE ME REALIZE MORE WHAT GOES ON IN THE CLASS AND THINGS THAT I CAN DO WITH MY DAUGHTER AT HOME. ))
(/////SOT/////)

((SWISH SAID THE FISH, NOT ME, NOT ME. I DON'T HAVE ANY FEET, AS YOU CAN SEE.))
Now in it's third year, Jumpstart's main goal is to get the kids excited about reading.
(/////SOT/////)

((MELISSA KILE/JUMPSTART DIRECTOR: THE MONEY THAT WE GET FOR JUMPSTART WE SPEND ALMOST ALL OF IT ON GOOD BOOKS FOR CHILDREN, AND SO THAT THEY GET TO, THEY'LL END UP WITH AT LEAST EIGHT OR NINE NEW BOOKS. )) ((JOSHUA LONG/JUMPSTART STUDENT: I LIKE TO GET DOLLARS AND BUY BOOKS.)) The kids are also learning the value of money. They earn Kidbucks for the Jumpstart Store through reading, participation in the activities and parental involvement.
(/////SOT/////)

((BRITTANY EPPERLY/RINER KINDERGARTNER: I BOUGHT A BALLOON AND A NOTEPAD AND PENCILS. ))
Jumpstart was funded through a National Science Foundation grant its first two years, now Riner's P-T-A is paying for it.
Officials say its a worthy two thousand dollar investment for starting kids on the right track in school. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))

55weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cut-in
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#
GRAPHIC=


We do have a school announcement to pass along to you--
Highland County schools are delayed two hours this morning.
As we check today's forecast-- mostly sunny, with a high wind advisory in effect.
Temperatures will be in the upper 40s.
Still breezy tonight, with lows in the 20s.
And tomorrow's outlook is sunny, with temperatures near 50.
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SUPER=#555; reset

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8POLICE-SHOOTING


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#
GRAPHIC=


Two police officer were shot early and wounded this morning in Richmond.
They were reportedly attempting to stop an individual suspected of violating the city's juvenile curfew.
They are both hospitalized in stable condition.
Police and canine units have flooded the neighborhood looking for suspects.

8p-Palestinian-Family


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#597-01
SS=legal scales


Authorities say members of a Palestinian family used tactics including arson and murder to gain control of the Roanoke Valley's convenience store business.
Keith Humphry has more on the break- up of an organized crime ring.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT
IN Q=
SUPER=03-Salem/April 2, 1994; :11
SUPER=01-Bob Crouch/U.S. Attorney; :34
SUPER=01-Tom Bondurant/Prosecutor;:59
SUPER=@Keith2; 1:15
RUNS=1:22
OUT Q=Humprhy, NEWS-7.

((
Nine fires are listed in the indictment... some so serious they ended in death. The government contends that was no accident.
The most spectacular blaze may have been the one at Mixers restaurant and Lounge... three years ago.
The Grand Jury says the owners paid the Abed family to torch the place for the insurance money.
About 75 people were inside when the fire broke out.
Arson for hire was just a side-line in this family business, officials say. Most often it was used to intimidate legitimate competitors, to try to run them out of business.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 15:23:55 Crouch
IN Q=

((PART OF THEIR ALLEGED ACTIVITIES WAS ROBBING STEALING FROM SOME OTHER BUSINESS AND THEN USING THE STOLEN GOODS TO STOCK THEIR OWN STORES.))
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=


Investigators believe the couple that died in this fire on 13th Street Southwest two years ago- -was MURDERED- -eliminated because they MIGHT have seen who set the Corner Store on fire earlier the same day.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 15:13:58 Tom B.
IN Q=

((THE ABED FAMILY AND THEIR ASSOCIATES OWNED THE SPEEDWAY MARKET ON 13TH STREET HERE IN TOWN. THE CORNER STORE WAS TAKING AWAY BUSINESS FROM THE SPEEDWAY. SO THE EASIEST WAY TO TAKE CARE OF THAT IS TO BURN OUT THE CORNER STORE.))
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=corner store.


Narcotics trafficking is also a part of the allegations.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))

85-Dysentery


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-08
GRAPHIC=dysentery


Two more cases of dysentery have been reported by Lynchburg Health officials bring the total to 16 cases in the area.
(----------------)
VO-NAT


These new cases ARE related to the outbreak at Stewartsville Elementary School in Bedford.
Dysentery is a fecal- oral infection caused mostly by poor handwashing.
A few days will have to go by with no new cases reported, before the outbreak will be considered finished.
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8E-Rosser


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-9
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


After being charged in the murder of his stepfather, an eight- year-old Pittsylvania county boy is receiving major psychiatric evaluation.
But apparently it's happening on an out-patient basis.
A source tells News-7 the child is staying out of state with his biological father's family.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-The Franklin News-Post;


The boy is accused of killing 55- year- old Bernard Rosser this past December.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./December 1996;


The former Franklin County probation officer was found in his Gretna home.
He had been beaten repeatedly in the head.
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8S-Ball-Trial


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-110
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


Eric Ball testified that he presumed 17- year- old Ricky Lee Coleman was dead when he helped dump Coleman's body over a creek bank.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Wytheville;


Ball took the witness stand to defend himself yesterday against abduction and murder charges.
He said he never heard Coleman moaning, nor did he see any signs of life from the drunken teenager.
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./January 22, 1996;


An autopsy concluded Coleman died from exposure, with alcohol as a contributing factor.
Ball admitted he helped transport Coleman from Jason Hibbs' house, where Coleman had gotten drunk and destructive at a party earlier.
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Talent=Melanie
SS=hold


Hibbs has already pleaded guilty to murder. A third defendant, Eric Wimmer is awaiting trial.

8weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cut-in
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#
GRAPHIC=


There is one school announcement to pass on... Highland County schools are delayed two hours today.
Today's weather outlook is mostly sunny and very windy.
A high wind advisory is in effect.
Temperatures will climb only into the upper 40s.
Clear and breezy tonight, with lows in the 20s.
SUPER=X5000; set dissolve
SUPER=314-Mostly Sunny/High Wind Advisory/45-50/Clear & Colder/Wind NW

SUPER=#555; reset 15-20/22-26;