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1-News-head

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Tobacco leads NEWS 7 at SIX tonight... as Phillip Morris stockholders get the company's annual report.
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ANCHOR=Keith


And a juror who voted to impose a death sentence says she went along with it, because her HUSBAND told her to. Sports-head
ANCHOR=steve


In sports, a William Fleming boys basketball star and a Patrick Henry standout both commit to play their college basketball at Roanoke, a field of dreams is built at Hidden Valley,
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and Mike Stevens rolls over fields of green at the Greensboro open as he follows Chip Sullivan.
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WX-Head
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Clouds will slowly move out of the area tonight and Friday. The weekend looks pleasant at this point. The full forecast just ahead.

2-Philip-Morris


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=equ
TAPE#597-11
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The world's largest producer of consumer packaged goods and America's top taxpayer had another year of record earnings.
But Philip Morris's annual pow-wow at its Richmond cigarette plant is always about one thing: tobacco.
Ellen Qualls reports from Richmond
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(( If there was ever a company with an outspoken conscience, it's Philip Morris.
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((DR. DAVID LEWIS/MARTINSVILLE PHYSICIAN: I BECAME VERY VERY ANGRY IN THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS BECAUSE OF WHAT THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY HAS DONE.))
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He's a shareholder.
But he'd rather NOT see the tobacco giant settle cases and be protected from future suits.
CEO Geoffrey Bible told the crowd in a NO cameras meeting NO comment.
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((ANNE DONLEY/VA. GASP: I THINK FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, MR. BIBLE'S BEEN INCREASINGLY CAREFUL OF EVERYTHING THAT HE SAYS. AND THE SECURITY HERE IS INTENSIFIED. I MEAN I DON'T KNOW ANYWHERE ELSE WHERE YOU GO WHERE IT'S LIKE AN ARMED CAMP.))
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((MILDRED CASSADAY/RICHMOND SHAREHOLDER: IT'S PERFECTLY ALRIGHT TO GET A GUN AND SHOOT 40 PEOPLE, AND TO SMOKE POT, AND CRACK, AND COCAINE, AND ALL THAT JAZZ. BUT DON'T LIGHT A CIGARETTE. THAT'S A MORTAL SIN.))
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((RUSSELL BEGGS/RETIRED PHILIP MORRIS WORKER: AND YOU CAN'T GIVE 'EM ENOUGH. ALWAYS WANT MORE.))
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Carilion


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=eea
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=Carilion


The head of Carilion's nursing program has resigned.
Beth Cullum, the vice president for nursing, was a key player in the reorganization of Carilion's nursing program.
That reorganization cause some dissatisfaction among nurses, leading to an effort to unionize Carilion's nursing staff.
A Carilion spokesperson told us Cullum's resignation was voluntary, not forced... she will continue working through June.
Cullum was not available for comment today.

Abbott


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-18
GRAPHIC=Abbott, Joe


The government took the unusual step of asking for a delay in the case of Joe Abbott and the rest of the Abed family.
Even more unusual, lawyers for at least one of the defendants are trying to block the delay, pushing for trial May 12th.
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Abbott himself was back in court today, as his lawyer discussed whether he and the prosecutors may remain on the case.
The Abeds have already contacted ANOTHER lawyer, in the event the judge removes Jack Kennett.
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((JOE ABBOTT/RACKETEERING SUSPECT: I'M NOT A CRIMINAL. THEY ARE THE CRIMINALS, THE MURDERERS, THE KILLERS.))
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Abbott was referring to the fact that many of the government's key witnesses are convicted criminals themselves.
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The Judge made no decision on the status of attorneys in the case, but he DID say he intends to postpone the trial.
The government says it'll take four weeks to put on evidence of racketeering.

Fisher


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-22
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


Ten years ago a Bedford County jury sentenced a man to die in a murder- for- hire scheme.
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Now, one of the jurors in the David Fisher case, says she was the "lone 'hold-out'" against a death sentence.
Bertha Thomas says she finally went "along with the rest of them," only after her husband told her to.
Fisher was found guilty of arranging the murder of 18-year old David Wilkey on a hunting trip in the Stone Mountain area in 1983.
Fisher had been named Wilkey's guardian and had taken out a 50-thousand dollar life insurance policy on the young man.
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=Legal Scales


In a sworn affidavit filed in federal court, Bertha Thomas also says the jury learned during deliberations that Fisher had said he'd kill the jurors if he ever got out of prison.
A federal magistrate today ordered a new hearing to determine whether Fisher should be re-sentenced.

Monty-Drugs


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tal
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Seven Virginia Tech students have been charged with distributing drugs on university property.
At least six of those students live in dorms on campus.
The students are among 20 people the Montgomery County Drug Task Force has investigated over the last six months.
A grand jury returned a total of 47 indictments against the suspects.
During the investigation the task force seized cocaine, crack, L-S-D, mushrooms, pot and several prescription drugs including Ritalin.
Police say the investigation centered on individuals, rather than an organized drug ring.

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Coming up on News 7 at Six--our series "Hopping Mad at N-S" continues.
Tonight--N-S continues to deny it, but News 7 has discovered information which indicates the dry hopper bag problem isn't limited to just this area.
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also--former mid-east hostage Terry Anderson visits Lynchburg and shares his story of terrorism and captivity.
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Times-Fiber


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NEWSCAST=6
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Union supporters at a Pittsylvania county plant are claiming victory. The United Steelworkers Union will now represent workers at Times Fiber Comunications in Chatham.
321 of 470 workers voted in favor of unionizing today.
We'll have more on this story including reaction tonight on News 7 at 11.

2Hopping-Mad


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-19
GRAPHIC=Hopping Mad at NS


Last night we told you how some Bedford County farmers believe employees on Norfolk Southern trains are dumping bags of human waste on their property.
In part two of "Hopping Mad at N-S", Len Besthoff says this may not be an isolated case.
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((
Larry and Kenny Chattin have no doubt the bags of human waste they're finding on their farm are being thrown from Norfolk Southern trains that run along their property.
That's because N-S is the only railroad in the U-S using a "dry hopper" system, which requires on-board employees to relieve themselves in plastic bags draped over a commode, instead of a toilet.
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((KENNY CHATTIN/BEDFORD CO. FARMER: THE SYSTEM HAS FLAWS IN IT. IT LEAVES THE ENGINEER IN THERE WITH A STENCH IN THE TRAIN. AND YOU KNOW, JUST ADD ONE AND ONE TOGETHER AND YOU KNOW THEY'RE COMING FROM THE RAILROAD.))
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Former engineers tell us it may be DAYS before bags of human waste are removed from the trains...and that's why they've seen co- workers take matters into their own hands.
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((VAN WIMMER/RETIRED NS ENGINEER: OUT IN THE ROUGH AREAS YOU'LL SEE BAGS OVER THE BANKS AND DOWN IN DITCHES AND IN HOLES, HANGING FROM TREES, HANGING FROM THE ELECTRIC WIRES.))
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(( In the past N-S has denied its workers are tossing these bags off its trains, and in court proceedings it has suggested that the only place this is happening is here at the Chattin farm.))
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((CHATTIN: IT MADE US WONDER WHY. BUT AS WE FOUND OUT, WE'RE NOT THE ONLY ONES IT'S HAPPENING TO.))
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A few miles down the tracks, Doug Dent says similar bags of human waste have landed on his property.
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((DOUG DENT/BEDFORD CO. RESIDENT: BACK AS EARLY AS 86 I STARTED FINDING THEM ON THE BACK OF MY PROPERTY, ALONG THE RIGHT OF WAY LINE.))
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And a complaint to N-S in 1989 from a Montgomery County woman said "The bags litter the tracks east and west of here for at least two miles."
News 7 has researched information which indicates the problem may be happening out of state as well...the discovery of the bags on tracks N-S uses in Michigan was noted in a 1994 hearing, and we recently spoke via satellite with one of Conrail's union leaders, who says workers using N-S engines in New York state have apparently dumped the bags as well.
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((BOB GODWIN/CHMN. BROTHERHOOD LOC. ENGINEERS-NY: THEY'RE YELLOW AND ORANGE AND GREEN. AND THEY'RE NOT TOO HARD TO SEE.))
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((And how far do you see them? ))
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((GODWIN: ALL THE WAY FROM ALBANY UP TO BUFFALO ANYWAY THAT I KNOW OF.))
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And in this 1994 document an N-S attorney discussing the "dry hopper" system admits that "...some misuse of the system occurs on NS despite Management's corrective efforts".
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SOT NS WASTE X TOT 05:26:59
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((LAWRENCE MANN/RAIL UNION SAFETY ATTORNEY: HERE'S A MAJOR CORPORATION THAT CAN OFFER 10 BILLION DOLLARS FOR CONRAIL, YET THEY CAN'T SUPPLY ITS EMPLOYEES WITH A TOILET. IT SENDS A HELLUVA SIGNAL CONCERNING THE MANAGEMENT TYPE PEOPLE THAT YOU'RE DEALING WITH ON NORFOLK SOUTHERN.))
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N-S has refused to comment on any of this because of a pending lawsuit involving the Chattins.
In part three of our report we'll look at the efforts to change N-S's "dry hopper" system.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))

Stocks


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=sly
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The Dow lost 20 points, to close at 67- hundred 92 today.
Nasdaq gained one point.
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Anderson


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-17
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For most of the 1980's, he was the symbol of an America held hostage by terrorism.
Former Associated Press bureau chief Terry Anderson was captured by radical Muslims in 1985 and spent six and half years in captivity before his release in late 1991.
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Anderson now tours the country, giving lectures about his experiences..
He was in Lynchburg today where Steve Smallshaw had a chance to speak with him... Steve?
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If you missed the speech this afternoon, Terry Anderson also will be addressing the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce dinner tonight at the Holiday Inn downtown.. that gets underway in just a few minutes.

Sports tease


ANCHOR=steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=none
GRAPHIC=none


Mike Stevens has a report on Chip Sullivan from the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, the NBA defensive player of the year is announced,
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and Colonel and a Patriot join forces??? That's right, to play college basketball together-- we will tell you where.
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S-Sign


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S7-4
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops Weekly


Two high school basketball standouts from our Hometown Hoops Weekly coverage have just made the Old Dominion Athletic Conference a lot stronger.
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William Fleming senior Brad Dunleavey has decided to attend Roanoke College and play for the Maroons. Dunleavey; a two year starter for the Colonels, average 13 points and 5 rebounds per game this season. He's projected as a shooting guard.
Patrick Henry's Colby Leftwitch has also committed to Roanoke. Leftwitch, who is Dunleavey's best friend, averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game for the Patriots. Also; sources have told News 7 sports that Cave Spring senior Alex Phillips is also close to committing to Roanoke. He's also considering Randolph Macon.
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S-Motumbo


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S7-1
GRAPHIC=NBA


Atlanta's Dikembe Mutombo is the NBA defensive player of the year.
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SUPER=04-National Basketball Association; :00


The seven foot two Mutombo received 60 of the possible 115 votes from a media panel. He helped the Hawks to a 56 and 26 record this year. He averaged 13.3 points per game, ranked second in block shots with 3.3 a game and was second in rebounding with 11 per contest.
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S-Golf


ANCHOR=steve
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WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S7-6
GRAPHIC=Greensboro Chrysler


The 59-th Greensboro Chrysler Classic opened today with Chip Sullivan carrying the banner for the entire Roanoke Valley.
Mike Stevens and Photographer Dennis Brown followed Chip on his round today.
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S-Field


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S7-2
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports


Build it and the Southwest Community HOPES they will come.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Today; :00


The Hidden Valley Junior High Sports Complex was officially unveiled today thanks to sponsors like Outback Steakhouse, boosters and community members that have donated money and time to develop the facility.
In addition to the football and soccer fields; there is new fencing and a new scoreboard.
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S-Baseball


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S6-27
GRAPHIC=MLB


A couple of major league matinees to talk about this afternoon. In the top
of the 8th, Minnesota leads Oakland 9-8,
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SUPER=03-Arlington, TX/Tigers vs. Rangers; :00


On to Arlington where Johnny Oates and his Rangers played host to the Detroit Tigers and it was smooth sailing for Texas pitcher Roger Pavlik in the early inning s as he fans Melvin Nieves.
Travis Fryman would not let this pitch get by. Fryman puts this ball into the left field seats, a 2 run homer But Texas wins 4-2
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Arboretum


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-21
GRAPHIC=none


Fourth and fifth- graders at Blacksburg's Montessori School today saw the fruits of their labor from last year.
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The students hiked the Spring Bulb Walk they helped create at Nellie's Cave Arboretum.
Although the early Spring blooms are gone, they still saw evidence of the 250 bulbs they planted last year.
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((STEPHANIE VOSHELL/4TH-GRADER: I THINK IT'S NEAT BECAUSE YOU GET TO PLANT SOMETHING AND SEE WHETHER IT WORKED, THEN YOU GET TO LEARN WHAT YOU SHOULD DO NEXT TIME TO MAKE IT WORK BETTER. ))
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The students also saw evidence that tulips are a favorite food for deer.
And they learned their work isn't over.
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Today the students planted two rhododendrums.
Saturday, volunteers are invited to work at the arboretum in celebration of Earth Day.
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Promo


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That's News 7 at Six.
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Take Prime Time Board Fullscreen a reminder--for the region's first TEN o'clock newscast, watch News-7 Prime Time on W-E-F-C.
It's on Channel 38 "over the air," and on a lot of cable systems--we're on Cable Channel seven in Salem.
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And don't forget to tune in to News 7 at 11, right here on W-D-B-J. Talent=Keith