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7E-Execution

ANCHOR=Kimberly
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TAPE#97-09
GRAPHIC=Death Penalty


The U-S Supreme Court stepped in last night, postponing a lethal injection for Douglas Buchanan, Junior.
He was scheduled to die at nine.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Amherst Co./September 1987;


Buchanan admits he violently killed his family in 19-87, when he was just 19.
He murdered his father, stepmother and two stepbrothers
Neighbors and relatives in the tiny Naola community hoped this execution would end their anguish.
Commonwealth's attorney Ed Meeks prosecuted the case. He pushed for the death penalty.
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((ED MEEKS/PROSECUTOR: OF COURSE IT'S A SERIOUS, SERIOUS MATTER. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO BALANCE THOUGH, THAT WHEN THERE'S A CAPITAL CASE, THERE HAS BEEN A TRAGIC, TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE. AND I THINK YOU HAVE TO BALANCE THOSE THINGS AGAINST THE SEVERITY OF THE PUNISHMENT.))
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VO-NAT

But Buchanan's lawyers say it was their client's anguished childhood that needed more attention.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
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So the U-S Supreme Court intervened. It's giving itself more time to decide if it will hear more about Doug Buchanan's state of mind the day of the killings.
Buchanan's lawyers had NOT even asked Governor Allen for clemency.
But the Governor issued a statement anyway, calling the murders deliberate and vicious and stating the execution should proceed.

7E-Rail-Merger


ANCHOR=Kimberly
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TAPE#97-28
GRAPHIC=Rail Merger


It appears one of the largest employers in the area will be the victor in the deal to acquire a railroad.
The main details in Norfolk Southern and C-S-X's deal to share Conrail are on the table.
Len Besthoff explains what they are.
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(( Norfolk Southern will shell out nearly six- BILLION- dollars for a 58- percent share of Conrail's assets, including key routes providing new rail links to lucrative markets like Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and metropolitan New York.
Richmond- based C-S-X will spend upwards of four- billion- dollars for the rest of Conrail.
It gets new connections in Boston, St. Louis, New York, and Philadelphia.
Norfolk Southern and C-S-X will jointly operate Conrail assets in other terminals.
Even with these bitter rivals in agreement, the deal has a long way to go.
The finer details must still be worked out, and federal regulators who want to make sure competition is preserved could take close to a year to approve the Conrail carve- up.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))

7P-Domestic-Violence


ANCHOR=Kimberly
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TAPE#597-20
GRAPHIC=Domestic Violence


After a week of fatal shootings related to domestic violence, questions are arising over how they could have been prevented.
There are no easy answers to the problem, but experts say there is help available to victims.
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VO-NAT


As the shooting last week in Hillsville proved, court orders and police escorts are no guarantee of safety.
Roanoke prosecutor Don Caldwell says the best advice may be to get out of harm's way.
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((DON CALDWELL/ROANOKE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: IF SOMEBODY CALLS AND COMPLAINS THAT HE OR SHE IS GOING TO KILL ME, MY ADVICE IS YOU BETTER HIDE UNTIL WE HAVE A CHANCE, THE SYSTEM HAS A CHANCE, TO RESPOND TO YOUR PARTICULAR SITUATION, TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO. EVEN IF WE POST A POLICE OFFICER AT YOUR DOOR, WHICH CAN'T PRACTICALLY BE DONE, THERE'S NO WAY THEY CAN GUARANTEE YOUR SAFETY.))
SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Commonwealth's Attorney;
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VO-NAT


Local organizations provide shelter and advice for victims of domestic abuse.
The Turning Point Shelter for Abused Women and the Total Action Against Poverty Women's Resource Center offer assistance here in western Virginia.
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7weather


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Time now to check the mid- week forecast--
Looking mostly cloudy this morning, but we'll see the sunshine by mid-day.
Highs will be in the low to mid 50s, with northwesterly winds 15 to 20- miles an hour.
Clear and cold tonight with a hard freeze.
Lows in the mid 20s.
And sunny and cool tomorrow, with highs in the 50s.
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Movie-Review


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"Liar Liar" is a perfect vehicle for Jim Carrey's peculiar brand of rubber faced, physical, slapstick humor.
Although the movie would have been a better one if he had toned down the maniacal abandon just a bit.
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(("LIAR, LIAR"/UNIVERSAL PICTURES: THIS IS ABOUT ALL WOMEN. WHERE WOULD TINA TURNER BE IF SHE ROLLED OVER AND SAID "HIT ME AGAIN IKE AND PUT SOME STEAK ON IT." ROLLIN ON THE RIVER THAT'S WHERE SHE'D BE.))
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Carrey is Fletcher Reede, a slick lawyer know for his ability to get low lifes off, and generous divorce settlements for adulterous wives.
Maura Tierny is his ex-wife who watches their son Max--Justin Cooper--being disappointed over and over by Fletchers broken promises.
When Max makes a birthday wish that his dad will be unable to lie for one day, Fletcher's life careens out of control, but in true Hollywood fashion, he learns what is really important.
"Liar Liar" gets a "B". As it veers toward cloying sweetness, it is saved by an outrageous airport stunt.
And don't miss the outtakes during the closing credits.


7BIRTHDAYS! 4/10/97

(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-44th/Bud & Christine Slaughter/Axton;



SUPER=130-/Denise Wright/Martinsville;



SUPER=130-2/Carmen Sarver/Draper;



SUPER=130-10/Jessie Linkous/Covington;



SUPER=130-10/Jordan Moore/Buena Vista;



SUPER=130-30/Tammy DeWeese/Vinton;



SUPER=130-70/Zona Fizer/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-50/Jyrone Denny Sr./Henry;


No Pictures:

(Twins)
SUPER=130-50/Harold & Donald Reynolds/Roanoke;





55Rail-Merger


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=cut in
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#net (edit of 97-28)
GRAPHIC=Rail Merger


The deal is on the table
Norfolk Southern and C-S-X have ironed out the main details for a negotiated breakup of Conrail.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


Norfolk Southern will shell out nearly six- BILLION- dollars for a 58- percent share of Conrail's assets, including key routes providing new rail links to lucrative markets like Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and metropolitan New York.
Richmond- based C-S-X will spend upwards of four- billion- dollars for the rest of Conrail.
The finer details of the deal still must be worked out.
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55E-Pulaski-Ax


ANCHOR=Kimberly
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WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-17
GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident


A doctor stopping on the side of the road was not enough to save the life of a Pulaski woman.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.;


Police say 51- year- old Phyllis Plotts was driving through Pulaski County on route 11 when she swerved off the road and crashed.
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((S.L. CHUMLEY/VA STATE POLICE: THE CAR LEFT THE ROADWAY, WENT SIDEWAYS INTO THE MEDIAN AND STRUCK A TREE ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE BY THE DOOR. ))
SUPER=01-S.L. Chumley/Virginia State Police;
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The impact embedded the tree into the door.
A doctor who was passing by stopped to lend a hand, and performed a tracheotomy (tray- kee- ah- tomy) during the hour Plotts was trapped.
Plotts was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she later died.
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55P-Green


ANCHOR=Kimberly
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WRITER=spr
TAPE#597-11
GRAPHIC=green


Former animal breeder Valery Green won a round in court yesterday--
Recently Green was ordered to give up her cats and dogs, and was told she could no longer own pets.
Yesterday she was in court after a puppy was found inside the fence on her property.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;


But yesterday morning, Green's son told the court that HE fenced- in the dog... without his mother's knowledge.
That testimony did not convince prosecutors, but apparently it was enough to sway the judge... and clear Green of contempt charges.
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((CLIFF HAPGOOD/FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: WE DON'T BELIEVE BRANDON GREEN DID THE THINGS THAT HE TESTIFIED TO BUT IT'S BEEN DETERMINED AND THAT'S THE END OF THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Commonwealth's Atty.;
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VO-NAT


It's been nearly a month since judge B-A Davis ruled that Green had mistreated her animals, numbering more than one-hundred.
Nearly all of them have been placed in new homes.
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55weather


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Turning to weather-- it's a bit cloudy this morning.
But skies will turn mostly sunny by afternoon.
Highs in the mid 50s, with winds out of the northwest at 15 to 20- miles an hour.
Clear and cold tonight, with a freeze warning in effect.
Lows in the mid 20s.
And sunny and cool for Thursday, with highs in the 50s.
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8P-Buchanan


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=cut in
WRITER=equ
TAPE#597-07 net-d
SS=death penalty


A man who admitted to killing his entire family was just hours away from his scheduled lethal injection when the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in.
It postponed the execution of Douglas Buchanan, Junior.
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SUPER=03-Amherst Co./September 1987;


Buchanan killed his family and fled in 19-87, when he was just 19 years old.
He shot his father twice in the head.
He shot his stepmother, stabbed her in the chest and nearly decapitated her.
He shot 10- year- old stepbrother Donnie twice.
He shot 13- year- old stepbrother Joel three times as he tried to flee, then stabbed him five times in the head.
Neighbors and relatives in the tiny Naola community hoped this execution would end their anguish.
But Buchanan's lawyers say it was their client's anguished childhood that needs more attention.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=hold


So the U.S. Supreme Court intervened, giving itself more time to decide if it will hear more about Doug Buchanan's state of mind the day of the killings.
Buchanan's lawyers had NOT even asked Governor Allen for clemency.
But the Governor issued a statement anyway, calling the murders deliberate and vicious and stating the execution should proceed.
NOW it is postponed for several weeks.

8Rail-Merger


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=cut in
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#net (edit of 97-28)
GRAPHIC=Rail Merger


Norfolk Southern is coming out on top.
The main details in the deal between N-S and C-S-X to break up Conrail have been set.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


Norfolk Southern will shell out nearly six- BILLION- dollars for a 58- percent share of Conrail's assets, including key routes providing new rail links to lucrative markets like Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and metropolitan New York.
Richmond- based C-S-X will spend upwards of four- billion- dollars for the rest of Conrail.
The finer details of the deal still must be worked out.
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8P-Ambrose


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=cut in
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-13
GRAPHIC=D Day Memorial


Bedford's D-Day Memorial is drawing the attention of a nationally recognized historian.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC


Stephen (Am-brohse) Ambrose addressed reporters yesterday at the National Press Club.
SUPER=03-Normandy, France/June 6, 1944


He spoke of the extraordinary sacrifices in securing the beachhead at Normandy...in the face of relentless German mortar fire.
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((ERNIE PYLE, WHO WALKED THE GROUND THE NEXT DAY, SAID IT WAS A "MIRACLE THAT WE GOT IN ON THIS BEACH." IT NOT A MIRACLE. IT WAS INFANTRY. IT WAS YOUNG AMERICAN KIDS, ASSUMING THE RESPONSIBILITY AND GETTING THE JOB DONE. IT WAS BEDFORD THAT TOOK THE WORST HIT OF ALL. OF ALL THE COMMUNITIES, NOT JUST IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT THROUGH THE DEMOCRATIC WORLD, IN CANADA IN ENGLAND, BEDFORD TOOK THE BIGGEST HIT OF ALL.))
SUPER=01-Stephen Ambrose/Historian; :27
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bedford


The Memorial on a hillside above Bedford Elementary School is still two to three years away from construction.
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8E-Glasgow-Fire


ANCHOR=Kimberly
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WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-14
GRAPHIC=None


After four days of fighting wildfires in Rockbridge County, fire fighters say they now have it under control.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./Monday;


The blaze scorched more than 250 acres of Three Sisters Knobs since Saturday, but officials report good progress in securing the area yesterday afternoon.
At this point investigators think the fire could have been sparked by a lightning bolt.
No structures have been threatened by flames... and no one was hurt.
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8E-Mary-Baldwin


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=cut in
WRITER=KHU
TAPE#97-16
GRAPHIC=mary baldwin


Mary Baldwin College is ten-MILLION dollars richer thanks to an anonymous donor.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Staunton;


It's the largest gift the school has ever received at one time... perhaps the biggest buddle of cash ANY women's college has ever gotten.
Mary Baldwin says some of the money will be used to renovate the Administration Building that was built two years after the liberal arts college was founded in 18-42.
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8weather


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Let's peak at the mid- Week forecast--
It's calling for the morning clouds to give way to sunshine later today.
Highs in the mid 50s, with northwesterly winds 15 to 20- miles an hour.
Tonight will be downright cold-- with a freeze warning taking effect.
Meanwhile, sunny and cool again tomorrow, with highs in the 50s.
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