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7P-Rack-n-Sack


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=597-33
GRAPHIC=rack & sack closing


Rack and Sack employees got an unwelcomed shock at a store meeting yesterday just one hour before closing.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


They told employees the store would be closing its doors permanently at six.
Most workers were stunned by the news that they were losing their job.
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SOT 04.39.05 - 04.39.13
IN Q=I don't know

((HEATHER ADKINS/FORMER RACK AND SACK EMPLOYEE: I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO. I'M GOING BACK TO COLLEGE AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS BUT I KNOW NO ONE'S GOING TO HIRE ME FOR TWO MONTHS.))
SUPER=01-Heather Adkins/Former Rack & Sack Employee;-double out
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=for two months
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VO-NAT


Customers were surprised too as a security guard turned some away from the store.
Others read about the closing on this sign posted on the front doors.
Management would not comment, referring questions to corporate headquarters.
As for the Drug Emporium located inside Rack and Sack, it is apparently staying open until July 22nd.
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7P-Knowles


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tha
TAPE#597-27
GRAPHIC=knowles


The sentencing of convicted murderer Michael Knowles could be called a re-run of his trial.
At the trial Knowles tried to cut himself with a disposable razor in a Montgomery County courtroom.
And yesterday at his sentencing, Knowles tried to injure himself with a sharpened pencil.
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SOT 50:14 597-25
IN Q=Do you

((VOICE OF MAX JENKINS: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING NEW TO TELL THE JUDGE? MICHAEL KNOWLES/CONVICTED MURDERER:ALRIGHT LISTEN, THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT, THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT. ))
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=too important. DOUBLE OUT
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


Sheriff's deputies managed to grab the pencil away from Knowles.
He was in court yesterday to be sentenced for killing his wife.
SUPER=04-May 29;


During his trial, Knowles attempted to cut his throat with part of a disposable razor.
The Sheriff is questioning where the pencil came from.
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SOT
IN Q=We strip

((DOUG MARRS/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF:WE STRIP SEARCH THEM, BRING THEM TO A HOLDING CELL, WE TURN AROUND THE SEARCH THEM AGAIN WHEN WE GET THEM THERE.))
SUPER=01-Doug Marrs/Montgomery Co. Sheriff;
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=get them there.
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VO-NAT


Knowles was in handcuffs when he entered the courtroom-- but asked the judge to have them removed before testifying.
After the scuffle, Knowles was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole when he turns 65.
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7E-Fatal-Ax


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=eea
TAPE#97-38
GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident


A Roanoke man is dead this morning after his speeding and out of control car crashed in a northwest Roanoke neighborhood yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Police say the car was traveling at least 76 miles per hour on the residential street.
But witnesses say it was closer to 100.
The car sideswiped a utility pole, spun out of control and hit a second pole with such force it pulled it out of the ground.
The driver, 29- year- old Ronald William Smith died at the scene. Police say he was driving on a suspended license.
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SOT 9:54:19
IN Q=I just seen him

((PAUL WASHINGTON/NEIGHBOR; I JUST SEEN HIM FLYING DOWN, COMING DOWN THROUGH THERE FLYING. I KNOW IT'S BOUND TO HAVE BEEN 85-100 MILES AN HOUR, THING ABOUT IT, MOST EVERY AFTERNOON THEY'RE COMING DOWN THROUGH THIS WAY FLYING. HAD YOU SEEN THIS CAR DO THIS BEFORE? YEA, YES I HAVE. ))
SUPER=01-Paul Washington/Neighbor;
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=yes I have
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VO-NAT


The victim's sister disputes that.
Jo Ann Smith tells News 7 she owns the car, and her brother was driving it for the first time.
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7P-Swearing-in


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-36
GRAPHIC=Virginia Supreme Court


There's a new face on the bench of the Virginia State Supreme Court.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Jonesville;


Cynthia Kinser was administered the oath yesterday morning.
She's a former Lee County Commonwealth's Attorney- -and most recently served as the federal magistrate in Abingdon.
She replaces Roscoe Stephenson on the Supreme Court bench.
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7E-Coli


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=aje
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=none


The state Health Department is investigating any links in an unusually high number of E coli bacteria cases last month in Virginia.
The 27 reported cases was well above the eleven cases reported in June 1996 and six cases in June 1995. State health officials say the problems occurred all over the state.

7weather


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


Time again to take a look at the forecast--
Partly sunny skies today, with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.
Highs in the upper 80s.
A lingering chance of showers tonight, with lows in the low to mid 60s.
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Cloudy/60-65;
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7BIRTHDAYS! 7/10/97
Thursday:

SUPER=130-3/Marlie Delby/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-5/Jenna Gregory/Wytheville;

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55E-Fatal-Ax


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=eea
TAPE#97-38
GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident


A speeding motorist crashed his vehicle within yards of a park full of children yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Police say the car was traveling at least 76 miles per hour on the residential street.
But witnesses say it was closer to 100.
The car sideswiped a utility pole, spun out of control and hit a second pole with such force it pulled it out of the ground.
The driver, 29- year- old Ronald William Smith died at the scene. Police say he was driving on a suspended license.
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SOT 9:54:19
IN Q=I just seen him

((PAUL WASHINGTON/NEIGHBOR; I JUST SEEN HIM FLYING DOWN, COMING DOWN THROUGH THERE FLYING. I KNOW IT'S BOUND TO HAVE BEEN 85-100 MILES AN HOUR, THING ABOUT IT, MOST EVERY AFTERNOON THEY'RE COMING DOWN THROUGH THIS WAY FLYING. HAD YOU SEEN THIS CAR DO THIS BEFORE? YEA, YES I HAVE. ))
SUPER=01-Paul Washington/Neighbor;
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=yes I have
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VO-NAT


The victim's sister disputes that.
Jo Ann Smith tells News 7 she owns the car, and her brother was driving it for the first time.
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55smart-highway


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=amo
TAPE#net (edit of 597-26)
GRAPHIC=smart road


Construction has begun on the six mile smart road that stretches from Blacksburg to Interstate 81.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


The Road road will provide a testing ground for Virginia Tech and private researchers.
They will study road-to- vehicle communication as well as automated vehicle control possibilities.
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SOT 15:47:09
IN Q=This

((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: THIS ROAD OF DREAMS...THAT ONCE IT'S BUILT, THEY WILL COME. AND WHAT WILL COME WITH THEM IT'LL BE INNOVATIVE IDEAS. FORWARD LOOKING IDEAS, NOT STODGY, STAGNANT IDEAS, BUT THOSE WHO ARE CREATIVE, ARE LOOKING AT A BETTER WAY OF GOING ABOUT TRANSPORTATION.))
SUPER=@Allen;
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=transportation.
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VO-NAT


Right now the first stretch of two miles is underway-- that phase should be completed by next summer, with a price tag of 17-point- three million dollars.
But not everyone is praising the project.
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SOT 40:24
IN Q=nat sound

(( ))
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=its lovely green mountains.
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VO-NAT


Opponents say the project is destroying the scenic area.
One of them was was arrested during the Governor's speech.
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55weather


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


Turning now to weather--
Partly sunny today, with the possibility of some scattered afternoon thunderstorms.
Highs climbing into the upper 80s.
A chance for more showers this evening, followed by partly cloudy conditions.
Lows in the low to mid 60s.
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Cloudy/60-65;
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8E-Rack-Sack


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=97-43
GRAPHIC=rack and sack Closing


Customers weren't the ONLY ones surprised to see a "CLOSED" sign on the door of a local grocery store.
Rack and Sack's employees apparently weren't told about its closing either.
Stacey Martin has the story.
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SOT
IN Q=The Rack and Sack
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00
SUPER=01-Heather Adkins/Former Rack and Sack Employee; :22
SUPER=01-Ann Perrin/Former Rack and Sack Customer; :42
SUPER=@Stacey1; :54
RUNS=1:05
OUT Q=News 7 Roanoke


((The Rack and Sack store near Valley View Mall closed its doors permanantly at 6 p-m.
An hour earlier, employees at the store were called to an emergency mandatory staff meeting.
They were all terminated and told the store would be shutting down.
One employee said management blamed the closing on poor sales.
But, the news was a surprise to almost everyone.
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SOT 04.39.05 - 04.39.13
IN Q=I don't know

((HEATHER ADKINS/ FORMER RACK AND SACK EMPLOYEE: I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO. I'M GOING BACK TO COLLEGE AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS BUT I KNOW NO ONE'S GOING TO HIRE ME FOR TWO MONTHS. ))
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=for two months.


Some customers were caught up in the closing as management shut the doors refusing to let people in.
Remaining shoppers bought their groceries and strolled off while would-be customers were turned away by a security guard.
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SOT 04.35.34 - 04.35.41
IN Q=I drive over

((ANN PERRIN/FORMER RACK AND SACK CUSTOMER: I DRIVE OVER HERE FROM SOUTHWEST COUNTY BECAUSE I PAY HALF FOR GROCERIES THAN WHAT I PAY ELSEWHERE.))
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=I pay elsewhere


Management is refusing to make any comments at this time, referring all questions to corporate headquarters.
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SOT 03.59.23 - 03.59.36
IN Q=As this sign

((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: AS THIS SIGN POINTS OUT THE ONLY SHOPPERS THEY WERE LETTING IN ARE CUSTOMERS FOR DRUG EMPORIUM LOCATED INSIDE RACK AND SACK. THAT STORE WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL JULY 22ND. STACEY MARTIN NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=SM, News 7, Roanoke.

))

8P-Knowles


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tha
TAPE#597-27
GRAPHIC=knowles


Another dramatic courtroom display from a convicted murderer in Montgomery County.
Michael Knowles tried to injure himself again yesterday during his sentencing-- this time with a sharpened pencil.
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SOT 50:14 597-25
IN Q=Do you

((VOICE OF MAX JENKINS: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING NEW TO TELL THE JUDGE? MICHAEL KNOWLES/CONVICTED MURDERER:ALRIGHT LISTEN, THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT, THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT. ))
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=too important.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


Sheriff's deputies managed to grab the pencil away from Knowles.
He was in court yesterday to be sentenced for killing his wife.
SUPER=04-May 29;


During his trial, Knowles attempted to cut his throat with part of a disposable razor.
The Sheriff is questioning where the pencil came from.
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SOT
IN Q=We strip

((DOUG MARRS/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF:WE STRIP SEARCH THEM, BRING THEM TO A HOLDING CELL, WE TURN AROUND THE SEARCH THEM AGAIN WHEN WE GET THEM THERE.))
SUPER=01-Doug Marrs/Montgomery Co. Sheriff;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=get them there.
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VO-NAT


Knowles was in handcuffs when he entered the courtroom-- but asked the judge to have them removed before testifying.
After the scuffle, Knowles was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole when he turns 65.
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8smart-highway


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=amo
TAPE#net (edit of 597-26)
GRAPHIC=smart road


After years of discussion, the six- mile Smart Road is being built.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


The Smart Road will provide a testing ground for Virginia Tech and private researchers.
They will study road-to- vehicle communication as well as automated vehicle control possibilities.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 15:47:09
IN Q=This

((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: THIS ROAD OF DREAMS...THAT ONCE IT'S BUILT, THEY WILL COME. AND WHAT WILL COME WITH THEM IT'LL BE INNOVATIVE IDEAS. FORWARD LOOKING IDEAS, NOT STODGY, STAGNANT IDEAS, BUT THOSE WHO ARE CREATIVE, ARE LOOKING AT A BETTER WAY OF GOING ABOUT TRANSPORTATION.))
SUPER=@Allen;
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=transportation.
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VO-NAT

Right now the first stretch of two miles is underway-- that phase should be completed by next summer, with a price tag of 17-point- three million dollars. But not everyone at yesterday's announcement was praising the project.
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SOT 40:24
IN Q=nat sound

(( ))
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=its lovely green mountains.
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VO-NAT


Opponents say the project is destroying the scenic area.
One of them was was arrested during the Governor's speech.
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8weather


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


Checking the mid- week forecast--
Partly sunny skies today, but we could see an afternoon thunderstorm or two.
Highs in the upper 80s.
A chance of showers lasting into tonight, then partly cloudy skies.
Lows in the low to mid 60s.
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Cloudy/60-65; SUPER=#555; reset