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7E-Tech-Brawl


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-6
GRAPHIC=Tech


A campus brawl has lead to jail time of rone Virginia Tech football player.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


That, after a student, Jonathan Nelson, was beaten in a mob attack allegedly involving several football players last August.
Nelson identified Tyron Edmond as one of the people who punched him.
Edmond told police he hit Nelson with his fist.
But on the witness stand he said he did not mean "hit" in the literal sense.
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SOT 20:44:27
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((TYRON EDMOND/TECH FOOTBALL PLAYER: IF I'M WALKING AND I BUMP INTO SOMEONE, "OH EXCUSE ME, I DIDN'T MEAN TO HIT YOU." YOU KNOW, JUST LIKE THAT. I MEAN I PLAY FOOTBALL, I JUST SAY HIT ANY TIME I HAVE CONTACT WITH SOMEBODY. ))
SUPER=01-Tyron Edmond/Tech Football Player;
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=contact with somebody.
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VO-NAT


Edmond says he really only nudged Nelson to keep Nelson from falling on him.
But judge Ray Grubbs found Edmond guilty.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


Grubbs has dismissed charges against one former player and two current players. Four more still await trial.

7E-Tractor-Ax


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-16
GRAPHIC=Accident


In Roanoke, a truck driver has been charged with driving with defective breakes following an accident yesterday on a busy interstate.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The accident happened yesterday near the Walmart on route 2-20.
In all, the delivery truck hit three cars while swerving through a red light.
Richard Spencer says he was going down a hill leading into the Hunting Hills plaza, when he lost control of his truck.
Several people were hurt but their injuries are not life threatening.
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7P-Gilmore-Beyer


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#597-07
GRAPHIC=campaign 97


The race for the governors mansion is heating up and so is the candidates' stand on tobacco.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer yesterday accused Attorney General Jim Gilmore of "blessing" illegal cigarette sales to children by fighting F-D-A regulations in court.
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SOT 21:19:18
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: TO FIGHT THE BEST NATIONAL ATTEMPTS TO KEEP TOBACCO FROM KIDS IS ESSENTIALLY TO BLESS THE SELLING OF TOBACCO TO KIDS. IT'S TO DRAW BACK INTO A SITUATION IN VIRGINIA WHERE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE IN VIRGINIA WE'VE NEVER EVEN HAD A CONVICTION FOR SELLING TOBACCO TO KIDS.))
SUPER=@Beyer1;
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OUT Q=to kids.
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VO-NAT


A spokesman for the Republican called Beyer's remarks "the most ridiculous thing" he'd ever heard.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=gilmore


Gilmore's made efforts to strengthen Virginia's laws against children buying cigarettes.
But he says he still has NO intention of withdrawing Virginia's "friend of the court" brief AGAINST the F-D-A regulations.
Gilmore says tobacco is too important to Virginia's economy.
SS=campaign 97


The candidates do agree the state should NOT sue any tobacco companies over the health- related costs of smoking.

7Allen


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=Allen


Meantime, current Governor, George Allen has vetoed eleven parts of the state budget.
Among the vetoes issued by Allen before last night's midnight deadline to act on bills passed by the legislature this year was budget language that he said would undermine welfare reform.
The language would have exempted full-time students who receive welfare from the requirement to get a job.
Allen also vetoed one- point- four- million dollars for a new house for Christopher Newport University President Paul Trible.
The General Assembly will take up Allen's vetoes at its April 2nd override session.

7Education


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=education


State education officials will be testing out a new school TEST program next month.
Officials have released sample questions of the tests that students will have to pass starting in four years to graduate.
The tests are designed to show whether students are learning revised curriculum standards that were adopted in 19-95.
The tests will consist mostly of multiple-choice questions.
The field trial during the week of April 28th will involve students in grades three, five, eight and eleven.

7weather


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NEWSCAST=cut-in
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#
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Checking today's outlook--
Expect increasing clouds, with mild high temperatures in the low 60s.
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm on the way by tonight, with lows near 50.
The rain should taper off tomorrow, with highs in the mid 60s.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 3/26/97

SUPER=130-10/Michelle Rock/New Castle;



SUPER=130-14/Crystal Salton/Gretna;



SUPER=130-16/Priscilla James/Gretna;



SUPER=130-3/Ethan Downey/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-13/Brandon Hall/Pulaski;



SUPER=130-43/Gary Quesenberry/Dublin;



SUPER=130-25/Stacy Hull/Clifton Forge;



SUPER=130-40/Jean Dillman/Salem;



SUPER=130-/Bertha Osborne/Martinsville;



SUPER=130-40/Doris Dickerson/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-14/Dusty Wallace/Elliston;


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SUPER=130-/Dave Hurt/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-92/Helen Johnston/Salem;



SUPER=130-/Charles Hall/Pulaski;



SUPER=130-/Doris Bowles/Blacksburg;





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55E-Tech-Brawl


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-6
GRAPHIC=Tech


A Virginia Tech football player faces two days in the Montgomery County jail after being found guilty of misdemeanor assault and battery.
The charges stem from a campus brawl.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


Student Jonathan Nelson, was beaten in a mob attack allegedly involving several football players last August.
Nelson identified Tyron Edmond as one of the people who punched him.
Edmond told police he hit Nelson with his fist.
But on the witness stand he said he did not mean "hit" in the literal sense.
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SOT 20:44:27
IN Q=

((TYRON EDMOND/TECH FOOTBALL PLAYER: IF I'M WALKING AND I BUMP INTO SOMEONE, "OH EXCUSE ME, I DIDN'T MEAN TO HIT YOU." YOU KNOW, JUST LIKE THAT. I MEAN I PLAY FOOTBALL, I JUST SAY HIT ANY TIME I HAVE CONTACT WITH SOMEBODY. ))
SUPER=01-Tyron Edmond/Tech Football Player;
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=contact with somebody.
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VO-NAT


Edmond says he really only nudged Nelson to keep Nelson from falling on him.
But judge Ray Grubbs found Edmond guilty.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


Charges were dismissed against one former and two current players.
Four more still await trial.

55P-Roanoke-Fire


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-5
GRAPHIC=none


A probe is under way following a suspicious fire yesterday at northwest Roanoke home.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


No one was injured, but the home at the corner of Tenth Street and Forest Hill Avenue suffered serious damage.
Witnesses did NOT report anything unusual, but the fire apparently started outside the house... investigators say there was no obvious cause.
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55P-Hardy-Folo


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-17
GRAPHIC=Wipe wipe wipe
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./March 11;


And it appears it was an electrical short that sparked the fire at the Hardy Community Center earlier this month.
Investigators have completed their review, and yesterday the remains of the building were demolished.
The fire department is now making plans for an addition to the fire house that will also provide room for training and community events.
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55E-Tractor-Ax


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-16
GRAPHIC=Accident


In Roanoke, a tractor trailer lost its brakes on a busy Roanoke highway yesterday, and ended up plowing into three other vehicles.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The accident happened yesterday near the Walmart on route 220.
The delivery truck hit three cars while swerving through a red light.
The driver, Richard Spencer, says he was going down a hill leading into the Hunting Hills plaza, when he lost control of his truck.
Spencer has been charged with driving with defective brakes.
Several people were hurt but their injuries are not life threatening.
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55weather


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


Turning now to weather--
Clouds will continue building today, but temperatures will be mild.
Look for highs in the low 60s.
Rain and maybe thunderstorms by tonight, with lows around 50.
The rain should end tomorrow, with highs again in the 60s.
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8P-Tech-Brawl


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#597-05
GRAPHIC=va tech


A GUILTY verdict was reached yesterday against one of the Virginia Tech football players charged in a campus fight.
Tyron Edmond was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery in the beating of another student.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


After the incident, Edmond admitted he hit Jonathan Nelson.
Nelson also identified Edmond as one of the people in a mob who landed a punch.
But Edmond now says he was really only protecting HIMSELF after someone else struck Nelson.
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SOT 20:37:49
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((TYRON EDMOND: AND AS HE WAS FALLING BACK, AS HE FELL BACK I NUDGED HIM LIKE THAT AND GOT HIM OFF OF ME. ))
SUPER=01-Tyron Edmond/Tech Football Player;
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=him off of me.
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VO-NAT


Montgomery Circuit judge Ray Grubbs did not buy it, and ordered Edmond to serve two days of a 30- day jail sentence.
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SOT 3:55:22
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((DUTTON OLINGER/EDMOND'S LAWYER: WITH THAT TYPE OF SENTENCE ONE DAY KILLS TWO. SO HE'LL HAVE 24 HOURS THAT HE'LL HAVE TO SERVE. ))
SUPER=01-Dutton Olinger/Edmond's Lawyer;
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=have to serve.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


The judge dismissed charges against three other players charged in the fight. Four more are awaiting trial.

8E-Gilmore-Beyer


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-14
GRAPHIC=Abortion


It was signed into law, but that might not be the final word on parental notification in the Commonwealth.
This weekend-
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond/Saturday;


it appeared the 18- year battle over parental notification for teenage abortions ended.
Governor George Allen made it the law of the land starting July first.
SUPER=04-Yesterday;


But now the Democrat running for governor says he might water it down if elected.
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SOT 21:21:04
IN Q=I've also

((I'VE ALSO THOUGHT AND HAD A CHANCE TO VOTE ONE TIME THAT AS WE BEGIN PARENTAL NOTIFICATION WE SHOULD BEGIN WITH 16- YEAR OLDS AND YOUNGER. NOW THE LAW WILL GO INTO EFFECT JULY FIRST WITH 17 YEAR OLDS AND YOUNGER. I'LL SUPPORT THAT LAW AND WE'LL SEE HOW IT WORKS. But you're willing to change that law? I'M ALSO WILLING TO SEE WHAT THE CONSEQUENCE OF THE LAW IS IN REAL LIFE. LET'S SEE IF THERE ARE HORROR STORIES. LET'S SEE WHAT IMPACT THAT IT ACTUALLY HAS ON TEENAGE PREGNANCY.))
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RUNS=:24
OUT Q=teenage pregnancy.
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VO-NAT


Republican Jim Gilmore's hinting that, if elected, he'd like to see FURTHER restrictions on abortion.
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SOT 21:02:55
IN Q=I believe

((I BELIEVE THERE ARE TOO MANY ABORTIONS IN VIRGINIA NOW. MY VIEWS ON THIS IN OPPOSITION TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF ABORTIONS IS CLEAR. AND I THINK WE OUGHT TO LOOK AT THESE VARIOUS REGULATIONS AND SEE WHAT POSITIVE STEPS WE CAN MAKE IN A REASONABLE WAY.))
SUPER=01-Atty. Gen. Jim Gilmore/(R) Candidate for Governor;
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=reasonable way.
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VO-NAT


No specifics yet from Gilmore on what those steps might be.
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8P-Harrison-Museum


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#597-06
GRAPHIC=NONE


Storage space will no longer be a problem for Roanoke's Harrison Museum of African American Culture.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


A ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday afternoon opened a new museum annex on Rutherford Avenue.
Public and private grants paid for the construction. Central Fidelity Bank donated the lot.
The new building provides a climate- controlled space to store the museum's collection.
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SOT
IN Q=Any type of memorabilia

((ALETHA BOLDEN/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: ANY TYPE OF MEMORABILIA THAT'S DATED, AS WELL AS WOODEN ARTIFACTS NEED TO BE IN A QUALITY CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERE WHERE THE HUMIDITY IS WATCHED AND SO FORTH. SO WE'LL DEFINITELY HAVE THAT AVAILABLE.))
SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Museum Director;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=have that available.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


The new building still requires shelving and other equipment.
Museum officials hope to enlist volunteer labor, and additional contributions to complete the project.

8Education


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=education


Next month, state education officials will be TESTING out a new examination for students.
Officials have released sample questions of the tests that students will have to pass starting in four years to graduate.
The tests are designed to show whether students are learning revised curriculum standards that were adopted in 19-95.
The tests will consist mostly of multiple-choice questions.
A field trial during the week of April 28th will involve students in grades three, five, eight and eleven.

8weather


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


Time now to take a look at today's forecast--
Becoming increasingly cloudy through the day, with warm highs in the low 60s.
Rain and possibly a thunderstorm tonight, with lows around 50.
The moisture should end tomorrow, with highs in the mid 60s.
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