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7P-Drowning


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TAPE#97-15
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The search is on in the New River Valley for someone officials fear either jumped or fell from a bridge in Fairlawn.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Fairlawn;


Rescue boats dragged the New River yesterday after two witnesses alerted authorities.
One witness reported seeing a man sitting on top of the Peppers Ferry Bridge.
Another man sitting below said he heard and saw a large splash, but nothing resurfaced and he could not tell what had hit the water.
Dangerous currents prevented divers from entering the water.
The search was called off for the night.
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7P-Hazing


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TAPE#597-05
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Hazing charges have been dropped against some Roanoke College students in a plea agreement.
Yesterday the 17 students pleaded guilty to lesser charges against them including trespassing and being drunk in public.
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The students were arrested after police found four young men face down in Carvins Cove one night last month.
The students say "it was all part of a "bonding experience."
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SS=legal scales


Prosecutor Skip Burkart says he dropped the hazing charges because no one was hurt.
State law says hazing must involve physical injury.
The students will each have to do 40 hours of community service.

7S-Deanwood


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Some 100 jobs in Roanoke will be saved or created thanks to the city's redevolpment project.
Len Besthoff explains.
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(( Moody Graphic/Polaris Studios of Roanoke is in a high tech business.
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((NEIL NICKLAS/MOODY GRAPHIC-POLARIS STUDIOS: WE LIKE TO CALL IT THE CUTTING EDGE.))
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But it lacks a high end headquarters.
For some time now, the digital printing and photography company has been looking for a location that can handle its growth.
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IN Q=That requires

((NICKLAS: THAT REQUIRES, QUITE A BIT OF ELBOW ROOM, FOR BOTH PRINTING AND BINDERY, WE NEED A LOT OF ROOM TO MOVE THAT PRODUCT THROUGH.))
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((In the coming months though, Moody and two other companies will build brand spanking new facilities just like this one, here in Roanoke's Deanwood Commerce Center, and the relocations by these three firms represent the completion of a twenty year redevelopment project by the city of Roanoke.))
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Redevelopment basically means the "recycling" of land.
For example, the land used in the Deanwood project used to have a lot of dilapidated and abandoned structures.
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IN Q=If there was

((DOUG CHITTUM/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATOR: IF THERE WAS A MODEL, I WOULD SAY THIS 10 ACRE DEVELOPMENT ON THIS SIDE OF THE RAILROAD TRACKS AND THEN THE 10 ACRES ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE CERTAINLY A MODEL OF THAT KIND OF ADAPTIVE REUSE.))
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Places like Roanoke have had to increasingly turn to redevelopment as a means of luring or retaining businesses, because of a decreasing amount of available open space.
And while it may take longer to spruce up a piece of previously used property, the flipside is, there's no shortage of it.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))

7P-Salem-VA


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SS=VETERANS ADMINISTRATION SEAL


The Salem-V-A Medical Center is without its two top men. The Veterans Administration has placed both men on administrative leave.
GRAPHIC=John Presley


The action against director John Presley and associate director William Delameter came yesterday, after a team of V-A officials completed a preliminary investigation into what the hospital calls "issues of concern."
NO word on what those issues might be.
Presley and Delameter will remain on leave until the team can prepare a final report.

7weather


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Time now to check the weekend outlook--
Periods of rain today, with the chance of thunderstorms this afternoon.
Expect highs in the upper 50s.
Showers will taper off tonight, with partial clearing.
Lows in the upper 30s.
And mostly sunny tomorrow, with highs in the 50s.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 3/16/97
Sunday:

SUPER=130-10/Brandon Moses/Shawsville;



SUPER=130-7/Kris Blankenship/Narrows;



SUPER=130-62/Sue Gibbs/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-2/Lucas Draper/Collinsville;



SUPER=130-7/Dustin Ratcliff/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-7/Amy Pruitt/Roanoke;


Monday:

SUPER=130-3/Patrick Moran/Floyd;



SUPER=130-9/Sarah Hawley/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-24/Tammy Brown/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-/Guy Dulaney/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-11/Tiara Law/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-2/Tripp Beheler/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-93/Minnie Murray/Boones Mill;



SUPER=130-1/Alberta Craghead/Penhook;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-/Janice Moore/Gladstone;



SUPER=130-/H.J. Childress/Gladstone;



SUPER=130-/Renae Harris/Amherst;



SUPER=130-/Scott Harris/Amherst;



SUPER=130-/Colton Brown/Monroe;



SUPER=130-/Mike Bradley/Glasgow;



SUPER=130-/Estelle Eller/Lynchburg;



SUPER=130-/Lewis Stevens III/Lynchburg;



SUPER=130-/Terry Wilmer/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-49/Ronnie Jones/Botetourt;



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55S-Drowning


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TAPE#97-15
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The search is expected to resume this morning for a man who may have jumped or fallen into the New River.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Fairlawn;


Rescue boats dragged the New river yesterday after two witnesses alerted authorities.
One witness reported seeing a man sitting on rail of the Peppers Ferry Bridge.
Another man sitting below said he heard and saw a large splash, but nothing resurfaced and he could not tell what had hit the water.
Dangerous currents prevented divers from entering the water yesterday.
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55P-Terp


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A man who has been a frequent critic of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, is now running for a spot on the board.
Yesterday, Don Terp announced his (----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;

campaign for the Hollins District seat.
Terp has been a high-profile opponent of consolidation, and more recently the 37-million dollar bond issue for school construction.
Yesterday, he said the supervisors must work to rebuild a sense of trust between taxpayers and county officials.
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((DON TERP/SUPERVISORS CANDIDATE: I WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE FACT THAT PEOPLE ARE A LOT MORE AWARE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING THAN OUR COUNTY SUPERVISORS SEEM TO FEEL. SOME OF THEM MADE THE STATEMENT THAT THEY FEEL THEIR INTELLIGENCE IS BEING INSULTED, THAT THEY WERE CONSIDERED NOT INFORMED INDIVIDUALS AND SURPRISINGLY THEY WERE QUITE INFORMED.))
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Supervisors Chairman Bob Johnson currently represents the Hollins district.

He has not announced whether he will run for re-election.

55P-SPCA


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TAPE# 597-03
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A second investigation of sexual harrassment is underway against the executive director ofr the Roanoke S-P-C-A.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;


Three former workers say the State Council on Human Relations decided to investigate their harrassment complaints against Al Alexander.
This, after an investigation from the S-P-C-A board in November.
DEBRA FLANARY, Diane Farren, and Melinda Chambers took their complaints to the board but were not satisfied with the outcome.
A board member says it conducted a thorough investigation and IS satisfied.
Alexander was suspended for about 10 days during that investigation.
When contacted by phone yesterday, Alexander said the allegations were totally surprising and unfounded.
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55weather


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Taking a look at today's forecast--
Periods of rain, with the possibility of thunderstorms.
Highs today in the upper 50s.
Partial clearing later tonight, with lows in the upper 30s.
Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with highs in the 50s.
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8P-Drowning


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TAPE#97-15
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Authorities are searching for someone who may have either leaped or fallen from the Pepper's Ferry Bridge in Fairlawn.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Fairlawn;


Rescue boats dragged the river yesterday after two witnesses alerted authorities.
One witness reported seeing a man sitting on top of the Peppers Ferry Bridge.
Another man sitting below said he heard and saw a large splash, but nothing resurfaced and he could not tell what had hit the water.
Dangerous currents prevented divers from entering the water.
The search was called off for the night.
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8S-Hazing


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TAPE#597-5
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Some Roanoke College students who were accused of hazing are now off the hook.
In a deal worked out in General District court yesterday,
SS=Legal Scales

17 of the students involved pleaded either guilty or no contest to the remaining charges.
Those included trespassing and being drunk in public.
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VO-NAT
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Last month county police arrested the students, after finding four of their companions blindfolded and lying face down in water at Carvins Cove.
The students insisted there was no hazing going on.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold Legal Scales


Commonwealth's attorney Skip Burkart agreed, because no one was hurt. For a hazing charge to stick, there has to be some injury.
All of the students will have to perform community service.

8P-Quints


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TAPE#597-06
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal


Roanoke's fire chief wants to purchase two new trucks-- but some firefighters are concerned they could replace manpower.
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VO-NAT


Roanoke city council will decide next week whether to buy the city's first "quints," vehicles that combine the capabilities of a pumper and an aerial ladder truck.
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Salem and other communities have been using quints for years, but Roanoke fire fighters believe the purchase is a step toward downsizing the department.
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((ED CRAWFORD/ROANOKE FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: WE KNOW THE QUINTS ARE THE FIRST STEPS IN THE CHIEF'S PLAN WHICH IS TO LEAD TO EVENTUALLY CLOSING OF A FEW FIRE STATIONS AS WELL AS REDUCTIONS OF STAFFING LEVELS, 20 TO 30 PERSONNEL AND WE HAVE SOME SERIOUS CONCERN ABOUT THAT AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT THE DELIVERY OF SERVICE TO THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY THAT WE SERVE.)) ((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE FIRE CHIEF: THIS IS NOT A STAFFING ISSUE. THIS IS AN EQUIPMENT PURCHASE ISSUE PERIOD. NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS THAN JUST BUYING THE BEST PIECE OF APPARATUS TO SERVE THIS COMMUNITY.))
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Members of the firefighters association will be distributing leaflets door to door over the weekend.
And city council will take up the issue on Monday.

8p-Volvo-GM


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Volvo- G-M workers will NOT be voting today on whether to join the United
Autoworkers Union after all. (----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Dublin/File Tape;


About 60 percent of those employees had signed a petition filed with the National Labor Relations Board to request a vote.
The N-L-R-B only requires 30 percent.
But sources say the union complained that not enough workers attended organizational meetings.
The U-A-W withdrew the petition, cancelling the membership vote scheduled for today.
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8P-Va-Transformer


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TAPE#97-10
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


But workers at the Virginia Transformer plant in Roanoke DID take a union vote.
The International Union of Electrical workers lost by just seven votes.
SUPER=@File;


Twice before, the union had withdrawn its election request just a few days prior to the votes.
Virginia Transformer has more than 200 hourly and salaried employees.
It's been in Roanoke since 19-71.
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8P-Gio's


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TAPE#597-10
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Kawasaki becomes the latest in a list of creditors lining up at Gio's Cycle Sales.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 27


Gio's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month around the time one of its lenders started seizing motorcycles off the showroom floor.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


Now Kawasaki has filed a 900-thousand dollar claim in court against the individuals who own the dealership on Williamson Road.

8weather


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Shifting your attention to the weekend forecast--
Periods of rain and a chance of thunderstorms today.
Highs in the upper 50s.
Tonight, the rain will taper off, with lows in the upper 30s.
Mostly sunny tomorrow, with highs in the 50s.
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