06:00-01

P-Drowning

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-15
GRAPHIC=None


New River Valley officials are worried someone either jumped or fell from the 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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P-Hazing


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#597-05
GRAPHIC=roanoke college


Hazing charges against some Roanoke College students have been dropped in a deal worked out in General District court.
Yesterday the hazing charges were dropped for 17 students-- in return for guilty or no contest pleas on other charges, including trespassing and being drunk in public.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./February 26;


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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ANCHOR=Melanie
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.

PRESIDENT


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=clinton


President Clinton is hospitalized in Florida this morning with a minor knee injury.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Yesterday;


White House officials say he apparently twisted his right knee when he stumbled on some stairs at the home of golf pro Greg Norman.
It was determined the knee should be checked when it began to swell.
The President was in the sunshine state promoting his education reform package.
Officials say he'll scrub his planned stops today and head back to Washington.
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S-Deanwood


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-5
GRAPHIC=None


A project aimed at small businesses is creating 100 new jobs in Roanoke.
Len Besthoff explains.
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SOT
IN Q=Moody
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :08
SUPER=01-Neil Nicklas/Polaris Studios; :18
SUPER=@Len1; :28
SUPER=01-Doug Chittum/Economic Development Administrator; :56
RUNS=1:25
OUT Q=LB, News-7.


(( Moody Graphic/Polaris Studios of Roanoke is in a high tech business.
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SOT tape one 03:56:54
IN Q=We like

((NEIL NICKLAS/MOODY GRAPHIC-POLARIS STUDIOS: WE LIKE TO CALL IT THE CUTTING EDGE.))
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OUT Q=cutting edge.


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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SOT tape one 03:56:04
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.))
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=product through.
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SOT lbsot tape 2:12:25
IN Q=In the coming months

((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.))
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=of Roanoke.


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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SOT 01:36:29
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.))
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=reuse.


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.))

P-Terp


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#597-04
GRAPHIC=terp


A familiar figure in many Roanoke County controversies is now running for the Board of Supervisors.
Yesterday, Don Terp announced his campaign for the Hollins District seat.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Terp has been a frequent critic of the board, 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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SOT 01:22:25
IN Q=I was impressed

((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.))
SUPER=01-Don Terp/(I) Rke. Co. Supervisors Candidate;
RUNS=:20
OUT Q=quite informed.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=JOhnson


Supervisors Chairman Bob Johnson currently represents the Hollins district.

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

P-SPCA


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# 597-03
GRAPHIC=Alexander, Al


For the second time, Roanoke S-P-C-A's executive director is apparently being investigated on sexual harrassment charges.
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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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P-Salem-VA


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#None
SS=VETERANS ADMINISTRATION SEAL


The Veterans Administration has placed the two top men at the Salem-V-A Medical Center 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.

S-Tax-Cut


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-11
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal


A tax cut compromise is good news for business owners and the governor.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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SOT
IN Q=There we are
SUPER=03-Richmond; :00
SUPER=@Allen; :22
SUPER=@Ellen1; :36
SUPER=01-Steve Fitchett/Carriage House Press; :46
RUNS=1:12
OUT Q=News 7 Richmond


((nat sound signing bill 02:55:42 ((THERE WE ARE. DONE.))
runs=:05


It won't mean a big cash savings.
And it's NOT even something that businesses like the printing press that hosted the governor for the signing had requested.
But it is 154- million dollars that Virginia businesses won't have to pay into the fund that insures workers who are laid off jobless benefits.
sot 02:48:45

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE POINT IS THAT IT DOES STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS AND IT SURELY DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE WHATSOEVER TO COLLECT EXCESSIVE EMPLOYMENT TAXES FROM BUSINESSES WHEN THE RESERVES ARE MORE THAN ADEQUATE TO PAY FOUR YEARS OF BENEFITS.))
runs=:14



sot STANDUP 03:32:09

((THE LAW WILL ELIMINATE THE TAX FOR SOME 89- THOUSAND BUSINESSES IN VIRGINIA. FOR CARRIAGE HOUSE PRESS IT WILL MEAN A SAVINGS OF ABOUT 16- HUNDRED DOLLARS OVER SIX YEARS.))
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sot 03:01:11

((STEVE FITCHETT/CARRIAGE HOUSE PRESS: EVERY PENNY HELPS IN A SMALL BUSINESS. WE'RE CONSTANTLY FIGHTING FOR THE TECHNOLOGY GROWTH. WE'RE REINVESTING IN NEW EQUIPMENT, IN JOB ADVERTISING, AND EVERY DOLLAR HELPS.))
runs=:10


nat sound handing over pen ((USE THAT MONEY AS YOU SEE FIT. YOU EARNED IT.))
runs=:03


The Governor's also a winner.
George Allen finally gets to add a meaningful tax cut to his resume.
It's the kind of news that's fit to print if you want to run for higher office.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

p-Volvo-GM


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97=17
GRAPHIC=NONE


Salaried workers at Volvo-G-M won't be voting on whether to join the United Autoworkers union.
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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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wipe wipe wipe

P-Va-Transformer


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-10
GRAPHIC=Wipe wipe wipe
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


A union vote DID take place yesterday at the Virginia Transformer plant in Roanoke.
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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P-Gio's


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#597-10
GRAPHIC=NONE


Add Kawasaki to the 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.

PLANE-DOWN


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=none


An Iranian military transport plane with 80 people on board has reportedly crashed in northeastern Iran.
One news agency reports the C- 130 crashed in a mountainous area.
The wreckage has not been found and there is no word on casualties.
There is no word yet whether those on board were military personnel or civilians.

Clinton


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=clinton


Latest word is that President Clinton's knee will need surgery after a fall at the home of golf pro Greg Norman.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Yesterday;


White House officials say he apparently twisted his right knee when he stumbled on some stairs early this morning.
He was taken to the hospital when it began to swell.
The President is in Florida for a combination of fund raising and campaigning for his education reform package.
Officials say he'll scrub his planned stops today and head back to Washington.
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Cosby


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=murder investigation


A Russian-born teen accused of gunning down Ennis Cosby is expected to be arraigned today for murder.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;


Police say 18- year- old Mikail Markhasev (mih-KYL' MAR'-kuh-sev) gunned down Cosby, who was changing a tire near an L-A freeway in January.
Police say the attack was an act of random violence and that robbery was the motive.
Markhasev's arrest Wednesday night followed a call-in tip received by "The National Enquirer."
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ISRAEL-SHOOTING


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


In Israel, thousands of people have turned out for the funerals of seven schoolgirls killed when a Jordanian soldier opened fire on them.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Beit Shemesh, Israel;


The children were on a field trip to the Jordan river's "island of peace."
The shooting came at a time of deep crisis between Israel and Jordan over the impasse in Israel's peace efforts with the Palestinians.
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S-Hazing


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#597-5
GRAPHIC=Roanoke College


Hazing charges against some Roanoke College students have been dropped.
In a deal worked out yesterday,
SS=Legal Scales

17 of the students pleaded either guilty or no contest to the remaining lesser charges.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./February 26


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


For a hazing charge to stick, there has to be some injury.
All of the students will have to perform community service.

S-Dimon


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-12
GRAPHIC=Tobacco


Dimon is a step closer to becoming the world's largest tobacco supplier.
The Danville company is working on a deal that would strengthen the company's position.
Teresa Hamilton explains.
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SOT
IN Q=Dimon's downtown
SUPER=03-Danville; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Ashworth/Corporate Communications Dir.; :17
SUPER=@Teresa1; :58
RUNS=1:11
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.

(( Dimon's downtown location is hard to miss-- the row of colorful flags outside its Danville headquarters seem to attract attention.
On a worldwide level, the tobacco supplier is making an impression of a different kind, with its expected acquisition of Intabex.
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SOT
IN Q=We are

((PAUL ASHWORTH/CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, DIR.:WE ARE CURRENTLY PRE-ACQUISITION, THE SECOND LARGEST INTERNATIONAL LEAF DEALER IN THE WORLD, WE WILL STILL BE AFTER THE ACQUISITION, STILL BE NUMBER TWO, BUT ONLY BY A SMALL MARGIN. ))
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=small margin.


Dimon's Corporate Communication's director says the deal is especially important because worldwide and American consumption of tobacco products is increasing.
Dimon supplies tobacco to companies such as R- J Reynolds and Lorillard.
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SOT
IN Q=This will

((PAUL ASHWORTH/CORPORATE COMMUNICATION'S DIR.:THIS WILL NOT ONLY COMPLIMENT SOME OF THE OPERATIONS WE HAVE IN EXISTING AREAS OF THE WORLD BUT TAKE DIMON INTO SOME NEW AREAS OF THE WORLD-- ONE PRIME EXAMPLE WOULD BE THAILAND WHERE WE DO NOT CURRENTLY OPERATE. ))
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=currently operate.

take su
The deal is expected to be completed April first, and while it won't create any new jobs on a local level, the move will ensure Dimon remains a worldwide competitive force.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))

5-Planned-Parenthood


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=cst
TAPE#597-09
GRAPHIC=teen health


That conversation about the birds and the bees-- is often dreaded, on both sides of the fence.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :


Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge has announced a new video kit-- titled "Talking About Sex: A Guide for Families"
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SOT 10:05:06
IN Q=I feel weird NAT SOUND
RUNS=:21
OUT Q=signed confused NAT SOUND
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VO-NAT


Planned Parenthood says the timing of the video guide is crucial, since parental notification is likely to become state law in July.
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SOT 10:14:45
IN Q=It will allow

((DAVID NOVA/PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE BLUE RIDGE: IT WILL ALLOW PARENTS TO COMMUNICATE WITH MINORS AND WILL THEREFORE MAKE MINORS MUCH MORE LIKELY TO COMMUNICATE WITH PARENTS WHEN THEY'RE FACING A DIFFICULT SEXUAL QUESTION OR A SEXUAL CIRCUMSTANCE THAT THEY NEED PARENTAL GUIDANCE OVER. )) ((AMY HASELTON/PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE BLUE RIDGE: THERE ARE MANY STUDIES THAT SHOW THAT WHEN PARENTS DO TALK TO THEIR KIDS, THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO POSTPONE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE AND LESS LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIOR.))
SUPER=01-David Nova/Blue Ridge Planned Parenthood ; :00
SUPER=01-Amy Haselton/Blue Ridge Planned Parenthood ; :16
RUNS=:27
OUT Q=risky sexual behavior.
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VO-NAT


The kit will be available in many libraries within the next few days.
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S-Drowning


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-15
GRAPHIC=None


One person is feared dead after what may have been a jump or a fall from the Peppers Ferry 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 bridge rail.
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.
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2-P-SPCA


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jmo
TAPE# 597-03
GRAPHIC=Alexander, Al


The Roanoke S-P-C-A's executive director is apparently being investigated for a second time on sexual harrassment charges.
(----------------)
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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P-Quints


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jda
TAPE#597-06
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal


The purchase of two new fire trucks is turning into a major controversy for members of Roanoke City Council.
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VO-NAT


They'll decide next week whether to buy the city's first "quints," vehicles that combine the capabilities of a pumper and an aerial ladder truck.
SUPER=03-Salem;


Salem and other communities have been using quints for years, but Roanoke fire fighters believe the purchase is a step toward downsizing the department.
(//////////////)
SOT 14:37:36
IN Q=We know the quints

((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.))
SUPER=01-Ed Crawford/Roanoke Fire Fighters Association; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire Chief; :20
RUNS=:31
OUT Q=to serve this community.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


City council will take up the issue on Monday.

4-Scores


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=final four


In the N-C-double-A,
The season is over U-V-A's men's team.
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VO-NAT


Iowa was winning from the start. In the second half they led by 22 points.
Harold Deane led Virginia with 24 points. Deane scored 18 points in the second half, but the rest of the Cavaliers managed just 14.
Iowa moves on to Saturday's matchup with Kentucky after beating the Cavs 73 to 60.
For last night's scores, let's check the boards.
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