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7P-baylor


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tha
TAPE#597-24
GRAPHIC=LEGAL SCALES


Abduction charges against a former Virginia Tech football player were dropped yesterday.
The state did NOT present enough evidence in the case against Bradley Baylor.
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VO-NAT
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The Tech football player was accused last July of forcing Todd Pringle to drink shots of bourbon or face a beating.
Pringle was found lying unconscious on a sidewalk with a blood alcohol content FOUR times the legal limit.
Baylor denied he forced Pringle to drink, saying Pringle was already drunk when he wandered into his house.
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quick out!
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7P-Tech-Brawl


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-38
GRAPHIC=VA TECH


Other Virginia Tech players were in court as well yesterday --
this had a different outcome, however, Sean Sullivan, will serve two days in jail for his part in a campus fight that injured two members of the track team.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


One count of assault and battery against Sullivan was dismissed yesterday.
But Judge Grubbs sentenced Sullivan to time behind bars for the other count-- involving Jonathon Nelson.
The Tech student was injured in a fight last August outside Squires Student Center.
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((JONATHON NELSON/VICTIM:AT THAT POINT I WAS GETTING PUSHED DOWN THROUGH THE CROWD AND OTHERS MADE BLOWS AND THEN ANOTHER CAME FROM MR. SULLIVAN. TWICE. PHIL KEITH/PROSECUTOR: HE HIT YOU TWICE. JONATHON NELSON/VICTIM:YES. ))
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VO-NAT


Nathaniel Williams, a third Virginia Tech football player faced judge Grubbs yesterday-- in connection with the same incident.
The charges against WIlliams were dropped.
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7p-hager


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=amo
TAPE#597-34
GRAPHIC=hager, john


This year's Lieutenant Governor's race is a first in the Commonwealth--
Republican John Hager is the first Virginian to campaign for statewide office in a wheelchair.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


It was polio, contracted from his infant son after a vaccination, that put Hager in the chair.
But one politics professor says Hager called him a year ago to ask how a wheelchair would translate on election day.
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((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: IT MAY BE A MARK OF DISTINCTIVENESS IN THE CAMPAIGN. IT MIGHT HELP HIS NAME RECOGNITION A LITTLE BIT. BUT I DON'T BELIEVE PEOPLE REALLY VOTE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT A PERSON IS IN A WHEELCHAIR.)) ((JOHN HAGER: I MEAN I CAN CITE SOME STORIES THAT ARE THE OTHER WAY. PEOPLE SAY "WELL, CAN YOU DO IT? WELL, HOW YOU GONNA GET TO THE PODIUM?" I MEAN, WHO GIVES A DAMN? OR YOU KNOW, UH, "DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH STRENGTH TO DO IT?" AND THEY DON'T KNOW THAT I'M 60 YEARS OLD AND I STILL DO MARATHONS. I'D DARE SAY NONE OF THEM STILL DO MARATHONS.))
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VO-NAT


For those looking forward to a long summer of politics, John Hager kicked off his campaign yesterday in his marathon-racing chair.
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7P-Shady-Site


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=eea
TAPE#597-22
GRAPHIC=Internet


The internet is now home to a buyers beware list courtesy of the Better Business Bureau.
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VO-NAT


It's created the B-B-B Online.
If you see their symbol on a website, it means someone from the bureau has checked out the business.
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SOT 05:18:34
IN Q=Better Business Bureau On Line

((FRAN STEPHANZ/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU; BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU ON LINE, IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR THAT, IT'S A VERY SERIOUS THING, REQUIRES A ON-SITE VISIT, INTERVIEWS, SOMEBODY IN THIS OFFICE HAS TO GO OUT AND INTERVIEW THE PRINCIPLES, ACTUALLY SEE THAT INVENTORY'S THERE, IF THAT'S WHAT THEY CLAIM. ))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


(Stephens) Stephanz says consumers need to be more aware of who they're doing business with, because anyone can run a good-looking web-site from their basement.

7weather


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WRITER=kmc
TAPE#
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Time now to check the Tuesday weather outlook--
Mostly sunny and hot today.
Expect temperatures to soar into the upper 80s to near 90.
Mostly clear skies tonight, with lows dropping into the upper 60s.
As for tomorrow, a good chance of afternoon thunderstorms.
Highs in the 80s.
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55Housing-City-Council


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#net (edit of 97-32)
GRAPHIC=Roanoke


Education may take center state in downtown Roanoke.
That's the hope of city planners.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


For years there has been talk about putting a higher education center in one of the former Norfolk Southern buildings in downtown Roanoke.
And Mayor David Bowers wants to establish an "investment fund" to get the ball rolling.
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SOT 14:16:48
IN Q=With two- point

((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: WITH TWO- POINT- FIVE- MILLION- DOLLARS OF THAT AMOUNT TO BE DESIGNATED BY OUR CITY MANAGER AND OUR DIRECTOR OF FINANCE FROM CITY FUNDS, AND A TWO- POINT- FIVE- MILLION- DOLLAR MATCH FROM EITHER LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND- OR CITIZEN SPONSORED FUNDRAISING EFFORTS.))
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VO-NAT


The mayor also used his state of the city address to discuss Roanoke's housing problems.
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SOT 14:20:39
IN Q=A collaboration

((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: A COLLABORATION OF OUR CITIZENS AND THEIR GOVERNMENT, AND INDUSTRY, CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS, SHOULD NOW COME TOGETHER TO FOCUS, AND TO PRESENT A COHESIVE, COMMUNITY WIDE PLAN FOR DEVELOPMENT OF HOUSING IN OUR INNER CITY. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. IT IS TIME TO GET ROANOKE'S HOUSING IN ORDER.))
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=Roanoke


The task force will focus on downtown residential housing.

55Hog-Farm


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tte
TAPE#net (edit of 97-46)
GRAPHIC=NONE


A proposed hog farm is creating quite a stink in Pittsylvania County. A public hearing was held to discuss the issue.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;


A North Carolina company has plans for a ten-thousand hog far but residents say waste from the animals will destroy their rivers, air, and property values.
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SOT 10:48:06
IN Q=Let us be known

((LET US BE KNOWN FOR OUR GOOD QUALITIES IN THIS COMMUNITY, IN THIS COUNTY AND IN THE STATE. PLEASE DON'T SELL US OUT TO BE THE NEWEST CESSPOOL OF THE UNITED STATES.))
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VO-NAT


The Right to Farm Act allows the hog facility to enter Pittsylvania County without a public hearing or special use permit.
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SOT 11:04:12
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((BOBBY SCEARCE/PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SUPERVISOR: WE PROMISE YOU AS A BOARD OF SUPERVISORS THAT WE WILL DO ALL WE POSSIBLY CAN LEGALLY TO DISCOURAGE THE LOCATION OF SUCH OPERATION IN THIS COUNTY.))
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RUNS=:11
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VO-NAT


One supervisor suggested writing a letter to the North Carolina company telling them not to come.
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55weather


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


Turning to the forecast--
Plenty of sunshine today and very warm high temperatures in the upper 80s.
Mostly clear tonight, with lows in the upper 60s.
And by tomorrow, a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.
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8E-Howell


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=597-32
GRAPHIC=NONE


During his political career, Henry Howell was known as a watchdog over big business.
Yesterday, the former state lieutenant governor died.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Howell died in his home after a long bout with cancer.
Political life for Howell began in 19-49.
Before that the Norfolk native served as a law clerk for two federal judges, later opening his own law practice.
When campaigning his motto was "Keep the Big Boys Honest."
Henry Howell was 76.
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8E-Baylor


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-39
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A judge dismissed the charges against a Virginia Tech football player accused of forcing another student to drink heavily, or get beaten up.
Bradley Baylor is now off the hook for his part in the incident that left Todd Pringle's blood alcohol level at FOUR times the legal limit.
Pringle's head was also partially shaven when a Blackburg police officer found him unconscious on the sidewalk last July.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


Pringle later told authorities a Virginia Tech football player forced him to drink--
He says Tech defensive tackle, Brad Baylor made him take shots of bourbon--
Pringle testified several others were also involved but he could NOT name anyone else.
Judge Ray Grubbs said he believed part of Pringle's story but said the state did NOT prove Baylor was responsible.
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((MARC LONG/DEFENSE ATTORNEY:BRAD MISSED SOME OF THE BIGGEST GAMES TECH HAD LAST YEAR AND HE'S BEEN PUNISHED FOR SOMETHING HE DIDN'T DO ALREADY AND THAT'S UNFORTUNATE AND I HOPE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT. ))
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VO-NAT


Baylor says Pringle was drunk when he wandered into his house but that he never touched him or forced him to drink.
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8E-Tech-Brawl


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-38
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


Meanwhile, the court was tougher on another Tech football player.
Sean Sullivan will serve two days in jail-- He's accused in a fight that injured two track team members.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


One count of assault and battery against Sullivan was dismissed yesterday.
But Judge Ray Grubbs sentenced Sullivan to time behind bars for the other count-- involving Jonathon Nelson.
The Tech student was injured in a fight last August outside Squires Student Center.
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IN Q=At that

((JONATHON NELSON/VICTIM:AT THAT POINT I WAS GETTING PUSHED DOWN THROUGH THE CROWD AND OTHERS MADE BLOWS AND THEN ANOTHER CAME FROM MR. SULLIVAN. TWICE. PHIL KEITH/PROSECUTOR: HE HIT YOU TWICE. JONATHON NELSON/VICTIM:YES. ))
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VO-NAT


Another Virginia Tech football player was also in court yesterday in connection with the same incident.
But Judge Grubbs dismissed the case against Nathaniel Williams.
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8City-Council


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#NET
SS=roanoke


After years of talk, Roanoke's mayor wants the city to take action on its bid to build a downtown higher education center.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


In his state of the city address, Mayor David Bowers outlined his plan to raise the first five-million dollars for the project.
It would go in one of the former Norfolk Southern buildings next to the Hotel Roanoke.
Half would come from sources in the city.
Contributions from other local governments along with citizen fundraising campaigns, like the one for the Hotel Roanoke renovation, would make up the rest.
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SOT 14:17:17
IN Q=Let us

((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: LET US STAND UP FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE WILL HELP MEET THE POSTGRADUATE AND JOB RETRAINING EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY AS WELL AS MEETING A CONTINUED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEED IN OUR DOWNTOWN AREA. THIS INITIATIVE MEETS A WORTHY GOAL FOR OUR CITY AND AN IMPRESSIVE CHALLENGE FOR OUR REGION.))
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VO-NAT


A study sponsored by state Senator John Edwards last year pegged the total cost of the project at about 13-million dollars.
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8weather


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


Let's take a look at the sunny Tuesday forecast--
Highs today will be quite hot, warming into the upper 80s to around 90.
Tonight, meanwhile looks clear and cooler, with lows in the upper 60s.
And there's a possibility of afternoon thunderstorms by tomorrow.
High temperatures in the 80s.
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