06:00-01

E-Train-Fatals

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-25
GRAPHIC=Train accident


Walking on the train tracks in Altavista last night- proved fatal for two teenagers.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Altavista


Police got the call just before six- Two people were crossing the railroad tracks when they were hit by a southbound Norfolk Southern train.
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SOT 7:28:20
IN Q=It turned out

((SGT. JERRY ROWLAND/ALTAVISTA POLICE: IT TURNED OUT THAT IT WAS PROBABLY A QUARTER OF A MILE NORTH OF WHERE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS. WHEN WE FINALLY DID LOCATE THE BODIES, IT WAS INDEED TWO BODIES RATHER THAN ONE.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Rowland/Altavista Police; :00
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=rather than one.
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VO-NAT


Police say the victims are 17- year- old Richard Thomas Lancaster from Lynch Station and 18- year- old Kevin T. Childress from Hurt.
Police say the railroad tracks are frequently used by pedestrians looking for a shortcut to the downtown area.
Police say one train had already passed and police think the teens did not see that a second train was coming.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


Autopsies are being done on both victims.
An investigation into the accident is continuing.

E-Shawsville-Ax


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=abo
TAPE#97-19
GRAPHIC=Accident


And in Montgomery County,
A car accident sent a teenager to the hospital with serious injuries.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;


Sixteen- year- old Michael (Vri-zen-dine) Vrizendine was riding in a car driven by 18- year- old Bobby Dwayne Davis.
Police say the teens were driving about 70 miles per hour on Dun Hill Road when the driver lost control of the car.
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SOT 5:18:26
IN Q=He laid down

((J.D. DIAMOND/STATE TROOPER: HE LAID DOWN THE SKID MARKS RIGHT HERE, AND WENT OVER INTO THE BANK AND WENT HEADFIRST INTO THE GROUND, STARTED TO ROLL AND THE PASSENGER, WHO DIDN'T HAVE HIS SEATBELT ON, WAS PARTLY EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE AND THE VEHICLE ROLLED OVER ON TOP OF HIM.))
SUPER=01-J.D. Diamond/State Trooper
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=top of him.
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VO-NAT


Vrizendine was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he is in stable condition.
Davis was treated at Montgomery Regional Hospital for minor injuries and released.
Police have charged Davis with reckless driving.
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E-Davies


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-21
GRAPHIC=NONE


Virginia's Council of Higher Education will soon be looking for a new leader.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


Gordon Davies' contract expires in June and will NOT be renewed.
He's widely credited for giving Virginia colleges a higher national stature.
But he's had strained relations with Governor Allen's appointees to the council. Members engineered a seven-to-three vote yesterday to end his contract.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


Davies attributed his dismissal to what he called: "a difference in perception on how you do this job."
Davies had resisted continued cutbacks and money-saving plans the Allen administration has pushed for state colleges.

S-JLARC


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal


The General Assembly's watchdog agency plans 18 investigations into state business this year.
Among them, the impact that welfare reform is having on Virginia's families.
The Tidewater area will be phased into the welfare- to- work requirement today.
The Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission will also look at:
-- the availability and regulation of child day care,
-- staffing and programs at Virginia's prisons,
-- and if there is a wage gap between men and women in the state work force.
Reports are due in the fall.

p-Greenfield


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#597-12
GRAPHIC=NONE


It's time to get down to business at the Botetourt Center at Greenfield.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;


County officials are now in the process of recruiting "high-end" companies to the site...
SUPER=04-Recruiting Video;

which will be located on Route 220 between Daleville and Fincastle.
This videotape... along with the slogan, "The Best of Both Worlds" are being used to help promote the 900 acre facility.
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SOT 2:10:50
IN Q=Botetourt Center

((JERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: BOTETOURT CENTER IS LOCATED IN AN INCREDIBLY NATURAL ENVIRONMENT THAT'S BEAUTIFUL. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, IT'S LOCATED ADJACENT TO I-81 IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO ALL THE ROANOKE VALLEY HAS TO OFFER. ))
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=has to offer
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VO-NAT


Burgess hopes to have at least one new corporation on site by the fall of 19-98.
Aside from a business park, Greenfield will offer both recreational and educational facilities.
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Robinson


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


The nation is marking fifty years since Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play major league baseball.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-New York, NY;


Robinson's first game with the Brooklyn dodgers was on April fifteenth, 19-47.
Last night at New York City's Shea Stadium, Robinson's widow Rachel, President Clinton and some 35-thousand fans paid tribute to the man who broke baseball's color barrier.
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E-Thomasville


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=Business Closing


A major employer in the town of Brookneal and Campbell County is apparently closing its doors, putting 325 people out of work.
Workers at Thomasville Furniture in Brookneal say they were told yesterday afternoon the factory is shutting down sometime in June.
Company officials would NOT comment on the report.. an official statement is expected today.
Sources tell News 7 the closing was prompted by a decrease in demand for furniture the Brookneal plant makes.

E-Transkrit


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-23
GRAPHIC=none


A former Transkrit employee who insisted HE was a victim of sexual discrimination lost his case in Roanoke's federal court.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem/May 1996


Greg Holdren was one of nine people hired by Transkrit in late 19-93. Eight of the nine were men.
Holdren got fired after nine months on the job, because he was not keeping up with production quotas. Sheila Janney's performance was worse than his, so he claimed he was discharged because of his sex.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=none


The judge found no discrimination.

S-New-Century


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-20
GRAPHIC=None


A group trying to help develop our region's economic future is pioneering a new concept aimed at creating more sites for industrial development.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week;


The New Century Council has convinced the Commonwealth to allow communities in the area to jointly develop business parks and share the tax revenue generated from them.
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SOT NEW INDUSTRY II TOT 14:12:21
IN Q=We're able

((BEV FITZPATRICK/NEW CENTURY COUNCIL: WE'RE ABLE TO ALLOW CITIES THAT DON'T HAVE ANY LAND TO INVEST IN A LONG TERM FUTURE, AND THE RURAL AREAS THAT DON'T HAVE MONEY TO UTILIZE URBAN MONEY TO BEGIN THE PARTNERSHIP.))
SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/New Century Council;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=the partnership.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Dublin/File Tape;


The first piece of land the New Century Council is targeting is a two- thousand acre site in Pulaski County next to the New River Valley Airport.
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5-Warners


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#597-10
GRAPHIC=campaign spending


Spending reports from 19-96 show congressional candidates across the nation raised and spent a record amount.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


But Virginia Democrat Mark Warner tops the list.
Warner raised and spent 11-point-6 million dollars -- more than any other Senate candidate.
And he lost.
Ten-point-3 million of that cash came out of his own pocket.
Republican John Warner took the most special interest political action committee money in the nation.
He spent 5-point-2 million dollars to win re-election.
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E-L'burg-Budget


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-15
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg seal


Lynchburg residents won't be looking at a local tax increase this year, thanks to a strong economy.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


Officials yesterday unveiled the city's 103-million dollar budget for the next fiscal year.
City leaders expect to take in close to four million dollars in unexpected revenue... which means real estate and property tax rates will stay the same.
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SOT 22:34:08
IN Q=This is what

((BOB DAVENPORT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THIS IS WHAT I CALL A HAPPY BUDGET. THIS IS NOT A BUDGET TO BE LONG- FACED ABOUT. THIS IS A BUDGET THAT WE SHOULD ALL BE HAPPY ABOUT AND THE CITIZENS OF LYNCHBURG SHOULD BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO GET MORE FOR THEIR DOLLAR.))
SUPER=01-Bob Davenport/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=for their dollar.
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VO-NAT


The budget includes a four percent pay raise for all city employees.
Police and fire department workers may get more as the city tries to bring their salaries closer to the state average.
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S-Soccer-Fields


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-22
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg Seal


At least one million dollars is needed to address Lynchburg's recreational needs. That, according to a new study.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


City council had discussed taking one- point- two million dollars in unused flood relief money and applying it to Lynchburg's recreational shortages.
They got an outline yesterday of how that money could be spent.
Near the top of that list are more fields for Lynchburg's youth soccer programs.
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SOT :45:06
IN Q=Five years ago

((MARC GIONET/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: FIVE YEARS AGO, NO ONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED.. MAKE SOME DENT. ))
SUPER=01-Mark Gionet/Landscape Architect; :00
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=make some dent.
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VO-NAT


Gionet (juh-NAY) also says a scaled- down version of the proposed sports complex might be more cost- efficient and neighborhood- friendly.
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RJR


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=tobacco


The nation's two largest cigarette makers are said to be in secret talks aimed at settling smokers' lawsuits.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


"The Wall Street Journal" says the deal involving Philip Morris and R-J Reynolds could include a 300 BILLION- dollar payment and advertising restrictions in exchange for having the suits dropped.
The paper quotes anonymous sources.
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MISSING-PLANE


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


The mystery continues in the case of missing air force pilot Craig Button and his a-10 warplane.
(----------------)
VO-NAT


Air Force documents published in this week's "Aviation Week" magazine detail witness accounts of a lone A-10 performing stunt maneuvers shortly after Button broke formation over the Arizona desert.
Meanwhile, a search for the plane continues in the Colorado Rockies southwest of Vail.
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bRECKENRIDGE


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=MORNIN
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=flooding


In the upper midwest, the water just keeps rising along the banks of the Red River.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Breckenridge, MN;


The National Guard is evacuating hundreds of people from Breckenridge,
Minnesota as melting snow and ice continue to push the water level ever

higher.
In some places the river could reach twice its flood stage today.
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Crime-lab


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


The F-B-I's crime lab is being criticized for sloppy work.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Yesterday;


The Justice Department says the lab has performed flawed scientific work and given inaccurate testimony.
The outcome of a number of major cases could be affected including the
SUPER=@File;

trial currently underway against Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh.
Six more prospective jurors were questioned yesterday.
The final panel could be chosen next week, followed by opening statements.
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2-E-Davies


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-21
GRAPHIC=NONE


The man who has headed the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for two decades is on his way out.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


Gordon Davies' contract expires in June and will NOT be renewed.
He's widely credited for giving Virginia colleges a higher national stature.
But he's had strained relations with Governor Allen's appointees to the council. Members engineered a seven-to-three vote yesterday to end his contract.
(----------------)
ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=NONE


Davies attributed his dismissal to what he called: "a difference in perception on how you do this job."
Davies had resisted continued cutbacks and money-saving plans the Allen administration has pushed for state colleges.

E-Cutler


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-14
GRAPHIC=Cutler


After six years with Virginia's Explore Park, Rupert Cutler moved on to a new challenge, protecting the scenic views and open space of western Virginia.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.


Cutler left Explore on March first. He's now organizing the Western Virginia land trust.
The group is working with private landowners to draft voluntary conservation easements.
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SOT 01:22:52
IN Q=The purpose of the

((RUPERT CUTLER/WESTERN VA. LAND TRUST: THE PURPOSE OF THE WESTERN VIRGINIA LAND TRUST IS TO SAVE ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE TREASURE SO DEARLY IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND WESTERN VIRGINIA, RANGING FROM THE UNDEVELOPED RIDGE LINES AND MOUNTAINSIDES TO ROANOKE RIVER, PLACES FOR GREENWAYS AND HISTORIC SITES WE TREASURE SO MUCH.))
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Western Virginia Land Trust;
RUNS=:18
OUT Q=we treasure so much.
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VO-NAT


Meanwhile, the search for Cutler's successor at Explore stalled after a committee narrowed the field to five candidates.
But Roanoke County employee Gardner Smith is filling in as interim director, while officials call in an executive search firm to come up with a new list of prospects.
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S-Greenfield


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-11
GRAPHIC=None


It's time to turn green pastures into "greener" pastures according to Botetourt County Administrator Jerry Burgess.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;


Yesterday morning, a marketing and recruiting plan was unveiled for Botetourt Center at Greenfield...
SUPER=04-Recruiting Video

which will be one of the largest multi- use parks Southwestern Virginia has ever seen.
Officials are hoping to have at least one new corporation in place by the fall of '98.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 2:11:32
IN Q=We're targeting

((JERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: WE'RE TARGETING VERY HIGH END COMPANIES THAT PAY ABOVE AVERAGE WAGES. WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE THIS A UNIQUE PROJECT ALONG THE I-81 CORRIDOR IN VIRGINIA. ))
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=in Virginia
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VO-NAT


Botetourt Center at Greenfield will sit on a 922 acre tract between Daleville and Fincastle.
But only part of the land will be used for business purposes.
The center will also offer recreation and education facilities, as well.
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2-E-Train-Fatals


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-25
GRAPHIC=Train accident


A train accident in Altavista last night- left two teenagers dead.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Altavista


Police got the call just before six- Two people were crossing the railroad tracks when they were hit by a southbound Norfolk Southern train.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 7:28:20
IN Q=It turned out

((SGT. JERRY ROWLAND/ALTAVISTA POLICE: IT TURNED OUT THAT IT WAS PROBABLY A QUARTER OF A MILE NORTH OF WHERE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS. WHEN WE FINALLY DID LOCATE THE BODIES, IT WAS INDEED TWO BODIES RATHER THAN ONE.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Rowland/Altavista Police; :00
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=rather than one.
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VO-NAT


Police say the victims are 17- year- old Richard Thomas Lancaster from Lynch Station and 18- year- old Kevin T. Childress from Hurt.
Police say the railroad tracks are frequently used by pedestrians looking for a shortcut to the downtown area.
Police say one train had already passed and police think the teens did not see that a second train was coming.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


Autopsies are being done on both victims.
An investigation into the accident is continuing.

P-Thomasville-Furniture


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=Business Closing


A huge economic blow for Brookneal and Campbell County--
Thomasville Furniture apparently has decided to close its Brookneal plant by June, leaving more than 325 people out of work.
Sources say a declining furniture market has forced the shutdown.
Workers reportedly were told yesterday afternoon.
Brookneal has been home to the Thomasville plant for several decades.
An official notice from the company is expected today.

TAXES


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=taxes


The clock has now wound down across the country for taxpayers to file their 19-96 tax returns.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night;


The I-R-S estimates some 30 million taxpayers filed yesterday.
Post offices around the country stayed opened late for those who held off filing as long as they could.
And for the first time the I-R-S allowed taxpayers to use a few private delivery services such as Federal Express and U-P-S.
And by the way the filing deadline for state taxes is May first.
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Funding


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=campaign spending


Republican Jim Gilmore has nearly caught Democrat Don Beyer in fund-raising in the campaign for governor.
According to campaign finance figures released yesterday, Gilmore's campaign raised one-point-two (M) million dollars from January through March.
Beyer took in a little more than 800-thousand dollars during that time.
The additions brought Gilmore's total to three-point-oh-five million dollars.
Beyer's total is three-point-34 million dollars.

S-Richardson


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-13
GRAPHIC=none


A Virginia Tech alumnus, the school's first Nobel prize winner, says physics was never really one of his favorite interests.
He ended up majoring in it though, and now teaches the subject at Cornell University.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


Robert Richardson is visiting his alma mater in Blacksburg this week.
He's come a long way from the self- described average student with a normal childhood curiosity.
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SOT 12:07:37
IN Q=

((ROBERT RICHARDSON/NOBEL PRIZE WINNER: I MEAN I HAD CHEMISTRY SETS AND I ALWAYS TRIED TO MAKE LITTLE THINGS THAT WOULD SMELL BAD OR BLOW UP OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I DIDN'T HAVE ANY SPECIAL INTEREST IN PHYSICS. I WAS ALWAYS INTERESTED IN MATHEMATICS. I LIKED ASTRONOMY WHEN I WAS LITTLE. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Richardson/Nobel Prize Winner;
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=I was little.
ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=none


In December Richardson and two colleagues were awarded a Nobel prize for their discovery 25 years ago of a superfluid form of helium-3.

E-Soccer-Fields


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-26
GRAPHIC=none


Supporters of more soccer fields in Lynchburg may be kicking up more dust, but a study says the city needs to address ALL of its recreational shortfalls equally.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


City council has been considering whether to spend more than one million dollars in unused flood relief money on recreational programs.
Consultants told council yesterday that money could improve handicapped access, renovate community centers AND build a new soccer field.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT :44:33
IN Q=The study indicated

((MARK GIONET/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: THE STUDY INDICATED THAT RECREATION.. IN ALL THOSE AREAS.))
SUPER=01-Mark Gionet/Landscape Architect; :00
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=all those areas.
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VO-NAT


The study also recommends the city consider a scaled-down version of the proposed sports complex.
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4-Scores


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


In baseball,
Texas added to Chicago's losing streak by beating the White Sox 5-to-2.
For last night's scores from the diamond, let's check the boards.
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WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=#556
SUPER=X5010;
SUPER=0091-j/Detroit/3//Milwaukee/1///j/Texas/5//Chicago/2///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0091-/Minnesota/1/j/Baltimore/3///j/Anaheim/6//N.Y. Yankees/5///;
SUPER=X5011;
SUPER=0092-j/Colorado/10//Chicago/7////San Diego/2/j/Pittsburgh/3///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0092-/Los Angeles/0/j/N.Y. Mets/5///j/St. Louis/9//Florida/3///;
SUPER=x5011
SUPER=0093-j/Salem/8//Wilmington/1///j/Lynchburg/3//Frederick/1///;
SUPER=X5012;
SUPER=0095-j/James Madison/7//Va. Tech/6///j/Richmond/9//Virginia/4///;
RUNS=:42

(-------------) oc- ...LAST SCORE."