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7E-Tech-Brawl


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TAPE#97-9
GRAPHIC=Virginia Tech


The Virginia Tech football player who was suspended for the second half of last season can now return to the team.
Angelo Harrison was charged with a felony stemming from a campus brawl.
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VO-NAT
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Harrison was found NOT guilty of hitting Hilliard Sumner with a cane, breaking the track athlete's collarbone.
Sumner identified Harrison as his attacker.
But Harrison denied the charge.
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SOT 3:59:47
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((DID YOU EVER TOUCH THE CANE? ANGELO HARRISON: NOT AT ALL. DID YOU EVER HIT HILLIARD SUMNER WITH THE CANE? HARRISON: NO SIR, I DIDN'T. HOW CLOSE DID YOU GET TO HILLIARD SUMNER? HARRISON: ABOUT 15 TO 20 FEET. ))
SUPER=01-Angelo Harrison/Virginia Tech Wide Receiver;
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OUT Q=15 to 20 feet.
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VO-NAT


Several other witnesses recalled seeing Harrison at the scene, but NOT holding the cane.
Despite the acquittal, Harrison's lawyer says he's still paid a price for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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SOT 7:49:21
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((MARC LONG/HARRISON'S LAWYER: AND IT'S UNFORTUNATE. I MEAN HE'S A LOSER IN THIS TOO BECAUSE HE MISSED THE BIGGEST GAMES OF THE YEAR LAST YEAR OVER THIS. BUT HE UNDERSTANDS WHY THAT HAPPENED. ))
SUPER=01-Marc Long/Harrison's Lawyer;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=why that happened.
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VO-NAT


Long says the lesson for all college athletes is to walk away from similar situations in the future.
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7E-L'burg-Shooting


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#97-16
GRAPHIC=Shooting


In Lynchburg, two brothers playing with a loaded gun ended with a fatal shooting.
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VO-NAT
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It happened at the Greenfield Apartments Sunday morning.
Authorities say two boys had gone inside their apartment and found a gun, that's when the five- year- old apparently shot his brother in the upper body.
The child died at Lynchburg General Hospital Sunday night.
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SOT 22:13:17
IN Q=It's an unfortunate

((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: IT'S AN UNFORTUNATE TRAGEDY AND IT'S AN EXAMPLE OF WHY PEOPLE SHOULD BE SECURING THEIR GUNS. IF THEY NEED TO KEEP THEM UNLOADED OR IN A LOCK BOX OR WHATEVER, WHEN YOU HAVE JUVENILES AROUND, THEY HAVE TO BE KEPT IN A SECURED AREA WHERE THEY'RE NOT ACCESSIBLE TO THEM.))
SUPER=01-Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
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OUT Q=accessible to them.
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VO-NAT


The names of those involved have not been released.
Police have "not" said whether the parents will face charges.
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7Cartledge


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George Cartledge Senior, Chairman of Grand Piano and Furniture died Sunday night.
He and two partners purchased the Roanoke store in 19-45.
Cartledge was 87.

7E-county-schools


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TAPE#97-17
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County


Roanoke County may be building a new high school.
According to a Blue Ribbon Committee the new school should go off route 2-20, and would not take the place of Cave Spring High School.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;
VO-NAT


But it would share a football field with Cave Spring.
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SOT 8:11:55
IN Q=IT IS OUR

((IT IS OUR RECOMMENDATION, THAT THE EXISTING CAVE SPRING HIGH SCHOOL, AND THE PROPOSED SOUTH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SHARE A COMMON STADIUM ATHLETIC FACILITY.))
SUPER=01-Donna Vittur/Blue Ribbon Commission;
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OUT Q=athletic facility.
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The Committee is made up of 22 citizens.
Its job was to develop a comprehensive plan for Roanoke County-
That after last year's failed 37 million dollar referendum.
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SOT 8:52:06
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((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: THERE WAS NOT EQUITY IN THAT FORMULA. MANY PEOPLE SAW IT AS A SW COUNTY PACKAGE, AND THIS PACKAGE RESEMBLED NOTHING LIKE THAT PACKAGE.))
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Roanoke Co. Supervisors Chairman;
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OUT Q=that package
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VO-NAT


The report suggests one hundred-twenty million dollars of improvements over the next decade.
That money would renovate all 28 county schools except for William Byrd High School, which the committee considers its "model school."
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7E-Innotech


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#97-12
GRAPHIC=Innotech


As promised, Innotech is expanding and hiring hundreds of new employees.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Innotech first made that announcement a year ago and confirmed it yesterday.
The company says it will double the size of its plant and add 410 workers.
SUPER=@File;


Innotech was founded about a decade ago.
It makes an eyeglass lens fabrication system.
Innotech currently employs 130 people.
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7weather


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Time now to check the forecast--
Cloudy, with rain developing by afternoon.
Highs will be in the upper 50s.
Rain is likely by tonight, with lows in the low 40s.
And the showers should taper off tomorrow, with highs near 50.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 3/19/97

SUPER=130-8/Chelsea Milliner/Blue Ridge;



SUPER=130-1/Jonathan Harless/Dublin;



SUPER=130-100/Mollie Gross/Princeton WV;



SUPER=130-16/Semekia Brim/Martinsville;



SUPER=130-95/Gilvia Grubb/Salem;


No Pictures:

(Anniersary)
SUPER=130-42nd/Porter & Bonnie Noblett/Independence;



SUPER=130-32/Cindi Hancock/Altavista;

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55S-Rail-Merger


ANCHOR=Kimberly
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WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-11
GRAPHIC=Rail Merger


The governor of Pennsylvania is now voicing his opinion about the future of Conrail.
Governor Tom Ridge met yesterday with the chief executives of Norfolk Southern and C-S-X.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Harrisburg, PA;


He wanted to make known his concerns about the Virginia railroads' plans to carve up Conrail, which has thousands of employees in the Keystone State.
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SOT Governor's feed 15:09:03
IN Q=We want

((TOM RIDGE/PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR: WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO ALL WE CAN DO TO DO THE BEST WE CAN TO PRESERVE AS MANY JOBS AS WE CAN WITH CONRAIL, BUT ALSO TO WORK WITH NORFOLK SOUTHERN AND CSX.))
SUPER=01-Tom Ridge/Pennsylvania Governor;
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OUT Q=and CSX.
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VO-NAT


The governor's office says that following the meeting, the executives from N-S and C-S-X were shuttled off to another meeting with Congressman Bud
(SHOE-sterr) Shuster of Altoona.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;


Altoona has a Conrail hopper repair facility very similar to one in Roanoke.
So far, N-S has not stated if it is acquiring that facility.
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55E-Quints


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-15
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Seal


Many firefighters and some city residents objected, but Roanoke City council says it will follow through with plans to purchase two new fire trucks.
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SOT
IN Q=We've been told

((JOE NASH/WASENA RESIDENT: WE'VE BEEN TOLD ))
SUPER=01-Joe Nash/Wasena Resident;
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OUT Q=see that remain.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Most of the speakers at the afternoon meeting opposed the plan to buy two new quints.
The quints are multi-purpose vehicles that combine the functions of a pumper with an aerial ladder truck.
The firefighters association says the quints are part of a plan to cut manpower and close stations, but fire officials say they are simply buying better equipment with more capabilities.
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IN Q=I was disappointed

((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I WAS DISAPPOINTED IN THE CAMPAIGN OF FEAR OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS WHICH GOT SOME OF OUR CITIZENS UPSET. I DID NOT SHARE IN THAT.))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Fire fighters say they will work with the new equipment, but the vote does not end the controversy.
Fire fighters promise more questions about the ongoing reorganization of their department.

55weather


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Turning now to the rainy outlook--
Mostly cloudy, with showers starting by afternoon.
A flash flood watch is in effect for the New River and Greenbrier Valleys.

Highs will be in the upper 50s.
Tonight will be rainy, with lows in the lower 40s.
And the rain comes to an end tomorrow, with highs near 50.
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8p-Tech-Brawl


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TAPE#97-9
GRAPHIC=tech


The only one of seven Virginia Tech players charged with a felony after a campus fight was found NOT guilty yesterday.
Angelo Harrison was suspended from the team for the season
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


after being accused of breaking track athlete Hilliard Sumner's collarbone.
Sumner identified Harrison as the person who attacked him with a cane.
But other witnesses disputed that, including football player Tyron Edmond, who is charged with a misdemeanor.
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SOT 3:33:39
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((DID YOU SEE ANGELO HARRISON THAT EVENING? EDMOND: YES I DID. DID HE EVER HAVE THE CANE? EDMOND: NOT TO MY KNOWLEDGE. YOU HAD IT THE ENTIRE TIME? EDMOND: YES SIR. ))
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OUT Q=YES SIR.
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The judge ruled the evidence failed to prove Harrison's involvement.
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SOT 7:50:33
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((MARC LONG/HARRISON'S LAWYER: WELL I HOPE EVERY ATHLETE IN THIS COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY AT VIRGINIA TECH HAS LEARNED SOMETHING, BECAUSE THEY CAN'T BE AROUND THIS SORT OF THING. IF IT STARTS TO HAPPEN THEY'VE GOT TO WALK AWAY.))
SUPER=01-Marc Long/Harrison's Lawyer;
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OUT Q=to walk away.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Under Tech's new athletic department policy, Harrison's acquittal makes him eligible to return to the football team.

8P-L'burg-Shooting


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#597-12
GRAPHIC=shooting


While playing with a gun, a five- year- old Lynchburg boy apparently shot his six- year- old brother to death by accident.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


It happened at the Greenfield Apartments around 11:30 Sunday morning.
Police say the two boys apparently were playing with a pistol when it went off, striking the older boy in the upper body.
He died about seven hours later at Lynchburg General Hospital.
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SOT 22:13:17
IN Q=It's an unfortunate

((LT. EUGENE WINGFIELD/LYNCHBURG POLICE: IT'S AN UNFORTUNATE TRAGEDY AND ITS A BAD EXAMPLE OF WHY PEOPLE SHOULD BE SECURING THEIR GUNS. IF THEY NEED TO KEEP THEM UNLOADED OR IN A LOCK BOX OR WHATEVER, WHEN YOU HAVE JUVENILES AROUND THEY HAVE TO BE KEPT IN A SECURED AREA WHERE THEY'RE NOT ACCESSIBLE TO THEM.))
SUPER=01-Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
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OUT Q=accessible to them.
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The names of those involved are not being released.
Police have NOT decided whether to charge the parents for failing to keep the gun away from the children.
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8P-Suicide-Threat


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A protestor chained himself to a bench, threatening to set himself on fire yesterday outside Roanoke's Poff Federal building.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Federal officials would not identify the man, but say he was upset about a property issue and was apparently threatening to set himself on fire.
The Federal Probation office says, the Wythe County man was on probation several years ago.
His former probation officer talked him into unlocking the chain.
He was escorted into the building, and later released.
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8E-DEQ


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#97-8
GRAPHIC=NONE


Westvaco has approval from state environmental officials to scrap its old river cleanup project and begin a new one.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The Department of Environmental Quality released a copy of a consent order yesterday that would cancel Westvaco's obligation to build a 30 million dollar discharge cooling system this year.
SUPER=@file


Instead, the company will spend 150 million over the next three to four years on several pollution control projects.
A representative of a Virginia environmental group gave the agreement cautious approval.
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SOT 13:21:23
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((BILL TANGER/FRIENDS OF THE RIVERS OF VIRGINIA; CLEARLY WESTVACO IS NOT AFRAID TO THROW SOME MONEY AT THE PROBLEM, AND I THINK, ON THE SURFACE ANYWAY, IT'S A BETTER PROJECT, LONG TERM, THAN WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY PROPOSED. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Tanger/Friends Of The Rivers Of Virginia;
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OUT Q=was originally proposed
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VO-NAT


The consent order will be sent to the state water control board for approval next month.
The pollution control project would also pave the way for a possible expansion of Westvaco's pulp production capacity.
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8weather


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Turning to weather--
A flash flood watch is in effect for the New River and Greenbrier Valleys.
Rain will develop by this afternoon, look for highs in the upper 50s.
Rainy tonight, with lows in the 40s.
The precipitation will end tomorrow, with highs near 50.
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