06:00-01

E-Execution

ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-09
GRAPHIC=Death Penalty


The execution was scheduled for nine last night.
But hours before he was set to die, the U-S Supreme Court stepped in, postponing the lethal injection of Douglas Buchanan, Junior.
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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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SOT 2:10:24
IN Q=Of course

((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.))
SUPER=01-Ed Meeks/Prosecutor; :00
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=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
SS=HOLD


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.

E-Pulaski-Ax


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


Even the help of a passing doctor could not save 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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SOT 14:11:52
IN Q=

((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;
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=by the door.
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VO-NAT


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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Flooding


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=flooding
President Clinton has declared Minnesota a disaster area, as floodwaters

continue challenging residents.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Ada, MN;
Ada, Minnesota is one of the hardest hit areas.


Hundreds have been forced from their homes.
Emergency officials are calling for VOLUNTEER evacuation, but that could soon become mandatory.
SUPER=03-Kragnes, MN;


In other areas of the state, residents are escaping the rising waters any way they can.
National guard members had to pick up some people by helicopter.
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P-Glasgow-Fire


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-14
SS=N0ne


Fire fighters want to keep the upper hand in their fight with wild fires in Rockbridge County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./Yesterday;


Blazes have scorched more than 250 acres of Three Sisters Knob since Saturday, but officials report progress securing the area and containing the fire.
At this point investigators think the blaze could have been sparked by a bolt of lightning.
No structures have been threatened by flames... and there have not been any fire- related injuries.
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p-fire


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=amo
TAPE#597-12
GRAPHIC=fire


Flames scorched a Roanoke County home last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


When firefighters arrived at this house in the 55-hundred block of Grandin Road Extension, there was already heavy smoke and fire damage to the structure.
No one was home at the time neighbors called the fire department.
Fire officials estimate the damage at 50-thousand dollars.
There's no word yet on the cause....no one was injured in the blaze.
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E-Rail-Merger


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-28
GRAPHIC=Rail Merger


The main details in Norfolk Southern and C-S-X's deal to breakup Conrail are on the table.
It appears Norfolk Southern is coming out the winner.
As Len Besthoff reports, one of the largest employers in the area will get a majority of the spoils.
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SOT
IN Q=Norfolk Southern
SUPER=@File;
RUNS=:47
OUT Q=LB, News-7.

(( 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.))

E-Green


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-12
GRAPHIC=Green


The dispute between former animal breeder Valery Green and the court continues in Franklin County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;


Members of the Humane Society received copies of registration certificates. They show some of Green's one hundred-plus animals had a second owner.
The other party-- Green's 15- year- old son Brandon.
It's now up to the Humane Society to decide if the teen deserves compensation for the dozen or so dogs and cats.
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SOT 10:19:53
IN Q=If they

((WAYNE INGE/GREEN'S ATTORNEY: IF THEY DO AND WE AGREE WITH IT, NOTHING MORE WILL COME OF IT AS FAR AS THAT GOES. IF THEY DON'T AND WE DISAGREE WITH IT, WE'LL BRING IT BACK TO COURT. ))
SUPER=01-Wayne Inge/Green's Attorney;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=back to court
ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=HOLD


Meanwhile, Valery Green did win one court battle yesterday.
A few weeks ago when a judge ruled she had mistreated her dogs and cats, the animal breeder was told she could no longer own an animal.
A few days later, a dog was found inside a fence on her property.
But that same judge ruled she did not disobey the court order... because Green's son put the dog there, without her knowledge.

E-Domestic-Violence


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-8
GRAPHIC=Domestic Violence


Recent shooting in central and western Virginia have proven that protecting victims of domestic abuse is no easy task.
But Joe Dashiell reports help is available.
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SOT
IN Q=In Roanoke last Tuesday
SUPER=01-Stephen Long/The Salvation Army; :14
SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Commonwealth's Attorney; :25
SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/Women's Resource Ctr. Dir.; :52
RUNS=1:14
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke


((In Roanoke last Tuesday, in Hillsville on Thursday, again in Campbell County this week, explosive confrontations carried fatal consequences.
All cases of domestic violence that together claimed eight lives.
SOT 12:00:41
IN Q=Violence has always been there

((CAPT. STEPHEN LONG/THE SALVATION ARMY: VIOLENCE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE, BUT IT SEEMS TO BE GROWING IN PROPORTION.))
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=growing in proportion.


And as the Hillsville shooting showed, police protection is no guarantee of safety.
SOT 14:44:04
IN Q=The sad reality

((DON CALDWELL/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THE SAD REALITY OF THAT HILLSVILLE SHOOTING IS THAT ALL OF THE COURT ORDERS, ALL THE PIECES OF PAPER IN THE WORLD ARE NOT GOING TO PROTECT YOU FROM SOMEBODY WHO HAS FIXATED AND IS DETERMINED TO KILL YOU.))
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=is determined to kill you.


Prosecutor Don Caldwell says the best advice may be to hide from the abuser, until authorities can help.
Local organizations also offer shelter and counseling.
SOT 15:15:15
IN Q=We can't promise

((ELLEN BROWN/WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER DIR.: WE CAN'T PROMISE THAT WE CAN PROTECT THEM, BUT WHEN WE'RE WORKING WITH A WOMAN AND HER CHILDREN, SHE WOULD HAVE A MUCH BETTER CHANCE OF KEEPING HER SANITY AND SURVIVING.))
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=sanity and surviving.


Ellen Brown says the Salvation Army's Turning Point Women's Shelter, and the Total Action Against Poverty Women's Resource Center stand ready to help.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

E-Rke-county-supers


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=afr
TAPE#97-6
GRAPHIC=County Seal


The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors says its School Board needs to come up with seven-hundred- thousand dollars.
When the school board presented its 1997-98 budget last night...
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


it did not include any funds for new school construction.
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SOT8:51:13
IN Q=NOW WHAT WE'RE

((MIKE STOVALL/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR: NOW WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS LOOK AT SAVING FROM INSIDE OUR BUDGET, TO GO ALONG WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM MR. JOHNSON. ))
SUPER=01-Mike Stovall/School Board Chairman;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=from mr. johnson
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VO-NAT


The Board of Supervisors set aside one- point- eight- million dollars for construction, and it wants the school board to come up with another seven- hundred- thousand dollars by paring down its budget.
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SOT 8:47:12
IN Q=THERE'S A 330

((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: THERE'S A 300 THOUSAND CONTINGENCY IN THE SUPERINTENDENT ALONE, THAT'S A GOOD START, THEY'RE HALFWAY HOME, ANOTHER 150 THOUSAND IN SCHOOL BUS GARAGE, NOW THEY'RE THREE QUARTERS OF THE WAY THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Supervisors Chairman;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=WAY THERE.
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VO-NAT


The two groups will continue working on the budget for the next several weeks.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=NONE


Balancing the budget is also on the minds of Martinsville lawmakers.
And that could mean higher real estate taxes.
Monday, City Manager Earl Reynolds unveiled a plan that calls for a 25 percent real estate tax hike.
That would result in an increase of 100 to 200 dollars a year for the average homeowner.

MW-Flooding


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=flooding
The Minnesota River rages on, and residents are continuing their battle to

save their homes from the flooding.
Byron Harlan has the latest in the struggle against Mother Nature.
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SOT
IN Q=Across Minnesota and
SUPER=03-New Ulm, MN;:19
SUPER=01-Jan Saulsbury/Volunteer; :30
SUPER=03-Ada, MN; :40
SUPER=03-Watertown, SD; :57
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; 1:15
RUNS=1:28
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, New Ulm, MN
((ACROSS MINNESOTA AND THE DAKOTAS, IT'S A BATTLE AGAINST WATER AND ICE.
FLOOD WATERS CONTINUE TO RIPPLE DOWN THE MINNESOTA RIVER, FORCING PEOPLE FROM

THEIR HOMES IN CARS, BOATS AND EVEN BY AIR.

(NATS)



HERE IN NEW ULM, MINNESOTA, PEOPLE ARE STANDING IN THE ICY WATER, HAULING TONS

OF DIRT. VOLUNTEERS INCLUDE COLLEGE STUDENTS FROM SCHOOLS THAT DOT THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY.

(SOT: Jan Saulsbury, Volunteer)



ELSEWHERE, ICE AND A LOSS OF POWER HAVE TURNED ADA MINNESOTA INTO A GHOST

TOWN. MONDAY A BROKEN DIKE FORCED THE EVACUATION OF MORE THAN 12-HUNDRED PEOPLE.

(MOS SOT)


MEANWHILE IN WATERTOWN, SOUTH DAKOTA, THE BIG SIOUX RIVER IS RISING. SIXTY MILE AN HOUR WINDS ARE BLASTING THE AREA, AND THE RAIN CONTINUES TO FALL. AND THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. WARM WEATHER COULD MAKE THINGS MUCH WORSE AS MORE SNOW MELTS AND RIVERS CONTINUE TO RISE. ))

Court-Bomb


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


Police have arrested the man they believe fire bombed an Illinois courtroom yesterday morning, while a civil trial was under way.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Urbana, IL;


Authorities found 37- year- old John Ewing, Junior at a motel last night, and arrested him without incident.
Witnesses say a man wearing a hood walked into the third flood courtroom and threw a molotov cocktail in the direction of the judge.
There were only minor injuries.
The sheriff says Ewing apparently was angry at the judge because of a previous case.
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Boy-Well


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#NET
GRAPHIC=none


A game of hide- and- seek turned dangerous for a six- year- old Maryland boy, when he fell through a shed floor and into a 50- foot well.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Parkton, MD;


Emergency workers arrived quickly, after the boy's four- year- old brother alerted their mother.
The rescuers dropped a life preserver, and pulled the boy from six- feet of water.
The child broke his leg, and suffered several scrapes.
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P-Pulaski-Ax


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#597-08
GRAPHIC=fatal accident


A single car accident took the life of a Pulaski woman yesterday.
Authorities say 51- year- old Phyllis Plotts was trapped in her car for more than an hour.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.;


State police say this Ford Thunderbird was headed south on Route 11 in Pulaski County when it ran off the road, went sideways into the median and struck a tree.
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SOT 14:12:51
IN Q=

((S.L. CHUMLEY/VA STATE POLICE: THE TREE WAS EMBEDDED IN THE DRIVER'S DOOR AND THE CAR WAS WRAPPED AROUND THE TREE. ))
SUPER=01-S.L. Chumley/Virginia State Police;
RUNS=:05
OUT Q=around the tree.
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VO-NAT


A doctor who was driving by stopped and performed an emergency tracheotomy at the scene.
Plotts was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she died a short time later.
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E-County-Fire


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#597-12
GRAPHIC=Fire


A Roanoke County home suffered heavy damage following a fire last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


The fire had already done heavy damage to this home on the Grandin Road Extension when firefighters arrived.
They were able to get the fire under control, but not before the home suffered around 50-thousand dollars worth of damage.
No one was injured in the fire.
It is still under investigation.
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E-Glasgow-Fire


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


As the sun rises on the fifth day of fighting a wildfire 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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P-Buchanan


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


He admits he killed his entire family.
But just four hours before his scheduled lethal injection last night, the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in to postpone the execution of Douglas MacArthur 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.

2-E-Rail-Merger


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-28
GRAPHIC=Rail Merger


The deal is on the table and it looks like Norfolk Southern is coming out the winner.
N-S and C-S-X ironed out the main details for a negotiated breakup of Conrail.
As Len Besthoff reports, one of the largest employers in the area will get a majority of the spoils.
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SOT
IN Q=Norfolk Southern
SUPER=@File;
RUNS=:47
OUT Q=LB, News-7.

(( 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.))

P-Liggett


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jmc
TAPE#597-10
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire


Tobacco companies are winning the battle to keep the Liggett Group from releasing secret documents.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC


A judge yesterday extended his order sealing the papers, after tobacco industry lawyers argued that Liggett has a financial incentive for making the material public.
The judge said he would continue his injunction because the documents could do lasting harm to big tobacco.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=HOLD


Liggett recently agreed to release the documents to states that are suing tobacco companies.

P-Domestic-Violence


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=abr
TAPE#597-20
GRAPHIC=Domestic Violence


In the last week alone, domestic violence has claimed eight lives in central and western Virginia.
The problem defies any easy answers, but experts say there is help for victims of abuse.
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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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SOT 14:45:37
IN Q=If somebody

((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;
RUNS=:26
OUT Q=guarantee your safety.
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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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E-Mary-Baldwin


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=KHU
TAPE#97-16
GRAPHIC=Education


An anonymous donor has given Mary Baldwin College ten-MILLION dollars.
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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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4-Scores


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=mlb


In baseball action last night,
Colorado won its home opener and gained a bit of revenge by pounding Cincinnati 13-to-2.
For last night's scores, let's check the boards.
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GO TO SCORES
SUPER=#556
SUPER=x5011;
SUPER=0093-j/Wilmington/8//Salem/2//Salem Now 0 &

5//Frederick/5/j/Lynchburg/7//Hillcats Now 4 & 1/;
SUPER=X5010;
SUPER=0091-/Toronto///Chicago///Postponed By

Cold//Cleveland/8/j/Seattle/14///;
SUPER=x5009;
SUPER=0091-j/Boston/13//Oakland/7///j/Anaheim/10//N.Y. Yankees/9//12 Innings/;
SUPER=x5009;
SUPER=0092-j/Florida/5//Chicago/3////Houston/2/j/Atlanta/4///;
SUPER=x5009;
SUPER=0092-/Montreal/1/j/St. Louis/2//Cards First Win/j/New York/5//Los

Angeles/3///;
SUPER=x5009;
SUPER=0092-j/Pittsburgh/2//San Diego/0///j/Philadelphia/2//San Francisco/1///;
SUPER=x5012;
SUPER=0094-j/Cave Spring/13//Patrick Henry/4///j/James River/21//North

Cross/20///;
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