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7D'ville-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#net (edit of 97-31)
GRAPHIC=Fire


Fire crews have quite a mess on their hands this morning as they mop up after a fire ripped through the Danville Landfill.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville;


The blaze is under control and crews are overhauling the area after working through the night.
Fire fighters had trouble getting it under control due to high winds.
Fire crews from Danville as well as volunteers from Pittsylvania County battled the flames.
The fire did NOT involve trash, but instead fed on tree limbs and leaves, as well as debris from Hurricane Fran.
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7E-Boty-Assessments


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-26
GRAPHIC=NONE


Residents in Botetourt County have not had seen an increase in the tax rate nor have they had their property re-assesed in about five years.
But that is soon going to change.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;


Property appraisals are now underway in Botetourt County for the first time since 19-92.
For many residents, that means a sharp increase when it comes to their property value.
The impact of that will be determined by the tax rate.
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SOT 4:40:12
IN Q=As the

((JERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: AS THE PRESSURES OF GROWTH OCCUR IN BOTETOURT COUNTY AND THE DEMAND FOR SCHOOLS AND SPENDING OCCURS, THE QUESTION WILL BE WHETHER WE CAN MAINTAIN OR EVEN REDUCE THAT RATE TO OFFSET SOME OF THE INCREASES CAUSED BY THE POPULARITY OF THIS COUNTY. ))
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=this county
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VO-NAT


Botetourt County property assessments are expected to take 11 more months.
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7E-Ironto-Murder


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-17
GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation


Police are searching for the killer in Wednesday's shooting at an I-81 rest stop.
Joe Dashiell reports on the life of 57- year- old (Es-tull) Estel Singleton, a man remembered as a good friend and devoted husband.
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IN Q=Estel Singleton lived in Bluefield
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :07
SUPER=@Joe2; :16
SUPER=01-Reba Scott/Former Neighbor; :27
SUPER=03-Ironto/Wednesday; :37
RUNS=:55
OUT Q=JD News 7


((Estel Singleton lived in Bluefield most of his adult life, but moved to Roanoke six years ago when his wife became ill.
They rented a small home in Garden City... on a quiet street where neighbors considered them good friends.
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IN Q=Just wonderful people

((JUST WONDERFUL PEOPLE. JUST AS SWEET AS THEY COULD BE.))
RUNS=:03
OUT Q=they could be.


Reba Scott has a wreath on her front door that Francis Singleton gave her... and she carries fond memories of Estel, who she says was a devoted husband during his wife's battle with terminal cancer.
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IN Q=He was a friendly person

((REBA SCOTT: HE WAS A FRIENDLY PERSON. HE WAS A CARING PERSON, VERY OUTGOING, VERY NEIGHBORLY. HE WAS JUST A FINE FELLOW AS FAR AS I KNEW.))
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=as far as I knew.


Family members don't know why Singleton stopped at the Rest Area early Wednesday, and so far the investigation has not yielded any major developments.
Estel Singleton was planning a trip to Bluefield on Saturday to place flowers on his wife's grave.
Now family member say it will probably be the day that Estel Singleton is buried.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

7S-NS-Workers


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-19
GRAPHIC=None


Rail unions across the country joined forces yesterday for a one day demonstration against possible changes in their disability benefits.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Norfolk Southern workers took part in the "Solidarity Day."
It could be enough to prompt a strike.
The unions believe the Railroad Retirement Board wants to make it harder to qualify for occupational disability pnesions.
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SOT 15:48:39
IN Q=You know

((DOUG HONAKER/IAM LOCAL 165 CHAIRMAN: YOU KNOW IT'S JUST A SCARY THING THAT WE'RE AFRAID THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD WITHOUT ANYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Doug Honaker/IAM Local 165 Chairman;
RUNS=:05
OUT Q=without anything.
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VO-NAT


The Association of American Railroads expresses surprise at the "Solidarity Day" activity.
It says it's simply trying to update disability standards that are more than a half- century old.
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7weather


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


Time now to check the very pleasant Friday outlook--
Mostly sunny skies today, with northwesterly winds 10 to 15 miles an hour.
Expect highs near 70.
Increasing clouds tonight, lows in the low to mid 50s.
Showers and some possible thunderstorms ahead for Saturday.
Highs temperatures in the mid to upper 60s.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 5/4/97
Sunday:

SUPER=130-70/Hattie Jones/Martinsville;



SUPER=130-38/Rickie Akers/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-/Lucille Williamson/Vinton;



SUPER=130-3/Austin Cole/Pilot;



SUPER=130-62/William Gravely/Axton;



SUPER=130-8/April Snider/Blacksburg;


Monday:

SUPER=130-7/Cordarious Wright/Rocky Mount;



SUPER=130-4/Eric Early/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-10/Neal Witt/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-9/Allison Prato/Bassett;



SUPER=130-13/Whitney Taylor/New River;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-3/Matthew Brightwell/North Carolina;



SUPER=130-14/Lauren Turner/Roanoke;

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55P-Feminist-Slur


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#597-12
GRAPHIC=gilmore


One of Attorney General Jim Gilmore's staff members is in hot water for writing an offensive letter.
A letter from Assistant Attorney General Alison Landry to a Richmond attorney called the attorney "a bushy-tailed feminist."
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape;


Attorney Eileen Wagner was the letter's recipient.
Wagner represents Christy Brzonkala in her alleged rape case against two Virginia Tech football players.
SUPER=04-Yesterday;


Gilmore's assistant mocked Wagner for-- quoting the letter here, "chronic tantrums" and a "hopelessly manipulative" style, along with the feminist slur.
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SOT 04:57:25
IN Q=It's an

((IT'S AN OUTRAGEOUS THING TO SAY IN A LETTER. I LET ASSISTANT KNOW... WORKING ON.))
SUPER=@Gilmore;
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=working on.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Eileen Wagner says she has experienced "very little but rudeness" from Gilmore's office.
The case Landry's letter dealt with was an alleged gang rape of a Virginia STATE University student by V-S-U football players.

55P-Gilmore


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-21
GRAPHIC=Jim Gilmore


Meantime, Virginia Democrats say Gilmore's decision to join a private law firm in Richmond still raises ethical questions.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Gilmore plans to work for the firm LeClair-Ryan next month, when he steps down as Attorney General.
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SOT 02:08:53
IN Q=Jim Gilmore

((SUE WRENN: JIM GILMORE WAS PRESSURED OUT OF OFFICE BECAUSE OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. YOU WOULD THINK THE LAST PLACE HE WOULD GO WOULD BE A LOBBYING FIRM.))
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((SUE WRENN: HOW MUCH WILL HE BE PAID FOR HIS SERVICES WHILE HE SPENDS MOST OF HIS TIME RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR?))
sot 05:01:58 GILMORE TAPE

((JIM GILMORE: IT WAS A DECISION TO GET A JOB. AND TO TAKE A JOB. YOU KNOW, I'M A WORKING GUY. I HAVE TO SUPPORT MY FAMILY.))
SUPER=01-Sue Wrenn/Virginia Democratic Party; :00
SUPER=@Gilmore; :13
RUNS=:20
OUT Q=my family.
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VO-NAT


Gilmore says he will NOT make more than his current salary, and will contribute as much work as his campaign schedule allows.
He says HE could represent LeClair Ryan clients in front of state agencies OTHER than the attorney general's office.
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55weather


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


Turning to today's weather--
Mostly sunny, with mild high temperatures around 70.
Tonight will becoming increasingly cloudy.
Lows in the low to mid 50s.
Showers likely, along with the chance of some thunderstorms tomorrow.
Highs in the mid to upper 60s.
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8D'ville-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#net (edit of 97-31)
GRAPHIC=Fire


Clean up at the Danville Landfill is still keeping firefighters busy this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville;


The blaze is under control and crews are overhauling the area after working through the night.
Fire fighters had trouble getting it under control due to high winds.
Fire crews from Danville as well as volunteers from Pittsylvania County battled the flames.
The fire did NOT involve trash, but instead fed on tree limbs and leaves, as well as debris from Hurricane Fran.
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8E-Ironto-Murder


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-17
GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation


The search is on for the person who shot a 57- year old Roanoke man to death at an interstate rest stop.
Joe Dashiell reports on the life of (Es-tull) Estel Singleton, a man remembered as a good friend and devoted husband.
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SOT
IN Q=Estel Singleton lived in Bluefield
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :07
SUPER=@Joe2; :16
SUPER=01-Reba Scott/Former Neighbor; :27
SUPER=03-Ironto/Wednesday; :37
RUNS=:55
OUT Q=JD News 7


((Estel Singleton lived in Bluefield most of his adult life, but moved to Roanoke six years ago when his wife became ill.
They rented a small home in Garden City... on a quiet street where neighbors considered them good friends.
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SOT
IN Q=Just wonderful people

((JUST WONDERFUL PEOPLE. JUST AS SWEET AS THEY COULD BE.))
RUNS=:03
OUT Q=they could be.


Reba Scott has a wreath on her front door that Francis Singleton gave her... and she carries fond memories of Estel, who she says was a devoted husband during his wife's battle with terminal cancer.
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SOT
IN Q=He was a friendly person

((REBA SCOTT: HE WAS A FRIENDLY PERSON. HE WAS A CARING PERSON, VERY OUTGOING, VERY NEIGHBORLY. HE WAS JUST A FINE FELLOW AS FAR AS I KNEW.))
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=as far as I knew.


Family members don't know why Singleton stopped at the Rest Area early Wednesday, and so far the investigation has not yielded any major developments.
Estel Singleton was planning a trip to Bluefield on Saturday to place flowers on his wife's grave.
Now family member say it will probably be the day that Estel Singleton is buried.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

8S-Feminist-Slur


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-28
GRAPHIC=gilmore


An Assistant Attorney General is catching heat over a letter she wrote, calling another female attorney "a bushy tailed feminist."
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Attorney General and Republican candidate Jim Gilmore is hoping his actions speak louder than his assistant's words.
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SOT 04:57:37
IN Q=We followed

((WE FOLLOWED WITH A WRITTEN REPRIMAND AND SHE WAS REMOVED FROM THE CASE THAT SHE WAS WORKING ON. AND WE'RE JUST NOT GONNA TOLERATE THAT KIND OF LANGUAGE. IT'S UNPROFESSIONAL.))
SOT BUTT*BUTT 04:57:24

((WE, UH, IT'S AN OUTRAGEOUS THING TO SAY IN A LETTER.))
SUPER=@Gilmore;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=a letter.
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VO-NAT


Gilmore's assistant Alison Landry wrote a letter to attorney Eileen Wagner -- who represents Christy Brzonkala in her rape allegations against two Virginia Tech football players.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=None


In the letter, Landry accuses Wagner of quote "constant pandering" to Landry's male bosses, which she termed "a most ironic display for a so-called bushy-tailed feminist."
Wagner says she was stunned to see the letter written on state letterhead.

8P-Alcohol-Awareness


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#597-21
GRAPHIC=NONE


The results of drinking and driving were portrayed for students at Pulaski County High School.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.;


Emergency room nurses from Columbia Pulaski Community Hospital presented a program to warn students of the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
It's a new nationwide effort started by E-R nurses who struggle daily to save the lives of victims in alcohol-related crashes.
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SOT 11:09
IN Q=

((CASSIE MOYE/ENC.A.R.E. NURSE: BECAUSE OF THE FRUSTRATION AND THE HELPLESSNESS THAT WE ALL EXPERIENCE BECAUSE WE CAN NO LONGER SUSTAIN LIFE IN THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE TRAUMATIZED. ))
SUPER=01-Cassie Moye/EN C.A.R.E. Nurse;
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=they are traumatized.
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VO-NAT


From graphic slides to scenes of a doctor telling parents their child is dead, the program is meant to strike an emotional chord.
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SOT 57:18
IN Q=

((BEKKAH WARBURTON/STUDENT: I THINK THE THING WITH THE MOM AND THE DAD BECAUSE I COULD PICTURE MY FAMILY THERE, AND IT SORT OF TOUCHED ME. ))
SUPER=01-Bekkah Warburton/Student;
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=sort of touched me.
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VO-NAT


The program is called EN-CARE-- Emergency Nurses Cancel Alcohol- Related Emergencies.
The nurses are going to 13 schools just in time for prom season.
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8weather


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


Let's take a peek now at the Friday forecast--
Mostly sunny skies today, with highs around 70.
Increasingly cloudy by tonight, with lows in the 50s.
Rain ahead for tomorrow.
We could also see some thunderstorms, with highs in the mid to upper 60s.
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