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7E-GE


ANCHOR=
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-32
GRAPHIC=General Electric


General Electric workers say yes to a new three year deal.
Nationally members of two unions representing 27-thousand G-E workers ratified the new contract.
Locally close to 600 members of a union representing G-E workers voted for the contract.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem;


95-percent of those casting ballots gave the tentative agreement the nod.
The union says positives include a and a 13-percent pay raise over three years and a retirement option for people with 30 years experience who receive lack of work notices.
SUPER=@File;


G-E is one of the area's largest employers, with about 1000 salaried people and 900 hourly workers.
The facility makes the control systems for large, industrial machines.
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7p-crenshaws


ANCHOR=
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=amo
TAPE#597-26
GRAPHIC=crenshaws


After just a year in Virginia, Crenshaws Electronics and Appliances is closing.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The North Carolina chain that purchased Holdren's assets a year ago closed its fifth and final store, its Roanoke flagship showroom.
Crenshaws created some bad feelings among former Holdren's customers.
Last year it said it was NOT obligated to cover thousands of Holdren's service warranties.
Even after a repossession last month, it vowed to remain open.
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7rack-sack


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=amo
TAPE#net (edit of 597-21)

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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Crenshaws next door neighbor, Rack and Sack did the same thing Tuesday.
The grocery store gave its customers and employees little warning that the store was closing.
Commercial realtors blame traffic congestion from Valley View Mall--making access to the business difficult.
Others blame competition: including coupon and two-for-one sale wars.
SOT 13:58:30 from rack and sack tape
IN Q=Well I guess a

((KRISTIE WHITE/SUPERMARKET SHOPPER: WELL I GUESS A LOT OF THE NEWER ONES PROBABLY WON'T LAST. THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE WILL STAY I'M SURE. KROGER AND PLACE LIKE THAT.))
SUPER=01-Kristie White/Supermarket Shopper;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=like that.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


One of the biggest supermarket battlegrounds is in Southwest Roanoke and Roanoke County...
Where a new, deluxe Harris Teeter is giving Kroger a run for its money.
Kroger has even resorted to TRIPLE coupons to keep its customers.
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7E-Juvenile-Facility


ANCHOR=
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THA
TAPE#97-39
GRAPHIC=juvenile crime


Some 40 jobs are coming to Floyd County with the creation of a military style boot camp for juveniles.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.;


An old Department of Corrections work camp in Willis is being renovated for the program.
Lawmakers set aside money for the program in response to the state's growing juvenile crime rate.
The facility will house male juveniles-- who've committed non-violent acts.
The program includes schooling as well as substance abuse education and treatment.
County Administrator Roy Crawford says the program is expected to pay well.
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SOT
IN Q=Some state

((ROY CRAWFORD/FLOYD CO. ADMINISTRATOR:SOME STATE NUMBERS THAT I SAW ABOUT A WEEK OR SO AGO SHOWED THAT THE AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE IN FLOYD COUNTY WAS 300- DOLLARS A WEEK. THE MINIMUM STARTING WAGER FOR THESE JOBS WILL BE NINE- DOLLARS AN HOUR WHICH IS ABOUT 360- DOLLARS A WEEK PLUS THEY'RE GOING TO PAY BENEFITS LIKE INSURANCE, RETIREMENT AND THAT WORT OF THINK WHICH WILL BE A BENEFIT TO A LOT OF PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Roy Crawford/Floyd Co. Administrator; :00
RUNS=:22
OUT Q=of people.
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VO-NAT


The Floyd County program is the first of three to open in the state.
It's expected to begin operating in mid-October.
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7Legionnaires'


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=legionnaires


Legionnaires' disease has claimed the life of a Salem man.
But health officials said there have been no other cases in the area.
The victim, a man in his mid-50s, became sick May 23rd and died July 3rd.
The Salem Health Department says it'll probably never be known where he picked up the bacteria.
Last fall, an outbreak of Legionnaires in the New River Valley was linked to a store's hot tub display.
Two people died.

7weather


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


Shifting gears now-- let's check the pleasant Thursday forecast.
After some morning cloudiness, mostly sunny skies today.
Cooler highs in the mid 80s.
Clear skies remain for tonight, with lows falling into the upper 50s.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 7/11/97
Friday:

SUPER=130-2/Noah Hamlett/Lynchburg;



SUPER=130-8/Chance Cowley/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-37/Judy Flinchum/Snowsville;


Saturday:

(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-50th/Gerald & Evaline King/Salem;



SUPER=130-9/Timothy Pierce/Bedford;



SUPER=130-17/Christal Cannaday/Martinsville;



SUPER=130-30/Shari Martin/Salem;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-79/Mary Anderson/Roanoke;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-50th/Julian & Eveleen Rutrough/Copper Hill;



SUPER=130-58/Mary Jo Burris/Salem;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-50th/Ezra & Ruby Light/Roanoke;



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55E-City-Pawn


ANCHOR=
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-35
GRAPHIC=NONE


City Pawn has closed its doors to customers.
The last checks have been mailed out to those who filed claims against the McGuire brothers.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke


Tim and Tony McGuire found they had to get out of the pawn shop business.
There was NOT enough room to store all the merchandise, once the Attorney General said they could no longer accept vehicle titles as collateral for loans.
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SOT 5:14:50
IN Q=No further

((NO FURTHER FUNDS WERE COLLECTED HERE AFTER THE AGREEMENT WAS REACHED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE. AND THAT ADDED UP TO PROBABLY $175,000 WORTH OF CAR TITLES WERE RETURNED, TOTAL AMOUNT.))
SUPER=01-Tim McGuire/City Pawn Shop Partner
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=total amount
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VO-NAT


McGuire says City Pawn is deeply in debt.
A woman who says she paid her car-title loan off in full- -375 dollars total- -points to the McGuire's used car lot as an additional source of revenue to satisfy people who got those 21-dollar checks in the mail this week.
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SOT 6:48:12
IN Q=He needs

((HE NEEDS TO TAKE THE MONEY THAT HE RECOVERS OFF OF THE CARS HE SELLS OFF OF HIS CAR LOT AND PAY THESE PEOPLE BACK. Even though they're unrelated, separate corporations? RIGHT. ))
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Gray/City Pawn Customer
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=corporations? Right.
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VO-NAT


Gray says she intends to file a civil claim in court.
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55E-Hail-Damage


ANCHOR=
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tte
TAPE#97-36
GRAPHIC=storms


Wind and hail from a fourth of July storm damaged hundreds of acres of Southside tobacco crops, leaving some families and the local economy on shaky ground.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;


Farmer Tim Shelton says he'll lose half his crop worth about 250 thousand dollars this year.
The larger plants won't sprout new leaves and are a total loss.
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SOT
IN Q=

((BOBBY SHELTON/TOBACCO FARMER: YOU CNA'T DO ANYTHING TO GET SYMPATHY FROM ANYBODY BECAUSE WE'RE ALREADY FOOLING WITH A CROP OF TOBACCO, WHICH IS ALREADY A BAD WORD TO ANYBODY AT THE PRESENT TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Bobby Shelton/Tobacco Farmer;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=present time.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Henry Co.


Farmers with insurance will be compensated for their loss.
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55E-Lottery-Revenues


ANCHOR=
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-37
GRAPHIC=Lottery


The Virginia Lottery is taking in record numbers of dollars prompting politicians of both parties to promise no NEW lottery games.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@file;


The Lottery earned a record 343-million dollars for Virginia's general fund in the just completed fiscal year.
Which means 37 cents of each dollar spent goes to Virginia's public schools.
That's about a penny more than the year before.
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55weather


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


Time now to take a look at the forecast--
Morning clouds will give way to sunshine today.
Look for highs in the mid 80s.
Tonight should be clear, with lows dropping into the upper 50s.
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8P-GE


ANCHOR=
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=amo
TAPE#597-33
SS=GE


Union contract negotiations proved successful yesterday for the nation's 27- thousand General Electric workers.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem;


Nearly 600 members of a union representing Salem's General Electric workers gave the nod to a new three year contract.
The union says the contract includes a retirement option for people with 30 years experience who are given lack of work notices, and a 13- percent pay raise over three years.
SUPER=@File;


G-E is one of the area's largest employers, with about 1000 salaried people and 900 hourly workers.
The facility makes the control systems for large, industrial machines.
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8P-Diet-Drugs


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JJA
TAPE#97-46
GRAPHIC=diets


Public concern is on the rise, now that studies have shown a possible link between the diet drug combination Fen-Phen to heart and lung problems.
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VO-NAT


A Mayo clinic study showed the drugs may cause thickening of heart valves in women.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;


Yesterday the phones were ringing at the Roanoke Center for Bariatric Medicine where several patients are taking the drugs.
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SOT 17:22:40
IN Q=

((BONNY LEE/CENTER FOR BARIATRIC MEDICINE: THINKING ABOUT TAKING THESE DRUGS OFF THE MARKET WOULD BE A VERY EXTREME MEASURE AT THIS TIME. I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE JUSTIFIED.))
SUPER=01-Bonny Lee/Center for Bariatric Medicine;
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=would be justified."
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VO-NAT


The Mayo clinic also did not recommend pulling the drug-
But Lee says seeing a doctor before and while taking the medicine is crucial.
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SOT 17:23:11
IN Q=

((AT THE VERY MINIMUM PATIENTS TAKING THESE MEDICINES SHOULD HAVE BASELINE ELECTROCARDIOGRAMS DONE WHICH WE DO IN OUR OFFICE ROUTINELY. I THINK MOST PHYSICIANS PROBABLY DO TO DISCOVER ANY HIDDEN HEART PROBLEMS.))
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=hidden heart problems.
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VO-NAT


Lee says patients should report any symptoms to their doctors such as swelling of the hands or feet or shortness of breath.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Meantime a lawsuit is accusing one of the manufacturers of concealing the drugs' hazards.
A federal suit was filed on behalf of two people who used the fen-phen combination.
But it is seeking a class-action status for millions of consumers.

8E-Juvenile-Facility


ANCHOR=
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THA
TAPE#97-39
GRAPHIC=juvenile crime


A program designed to whip juvenile offenders into shape will also bring 40 new jobs to Floyd County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.;


An old Department of Corrections work camp in Willis is being renovated for the program.
Lawmakers set aside money for the program in response to the state's growing juvenile crime rate.
The facility will house male juveniles-- who've committed non-violent acts.
The program includes schooling as well as substance abuse education and treatment.
County Administrator Roy Crawford says the program is expected to pay well.
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SOT
IN Q=Some state

((ROY CRAWFORD/FLOYD CO. ADMINISTRATOR:SOME STATE NUMBERS THAT I SAW ABOUT A WEEK OR SO AGO SHOWED THAT THE AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE IN FLOYD COUNTY WAS 300- DOLLARS A WEEK. THE MINIMUM STARTING WAGER FOR THESE JOBS WILL BE NINE- DOLLARS AN HOUR WHICH IS ABOUT 360- DOLLARS A WEEK PLUS THEY'RE GOING TO PAY BENEFITS LIKE INSURANCE, RETIREMENT AND THAT WORT OF THINK WHICH WILL BE A BENEFIT TO A LOT OF PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Roy Crawford/Floyd Co. Administrator; :00
RUNS=:22
OUT Q=of people.
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VO-NAT


The Floyd County program is the first of three to open in the state.
It's expected to begin operating in mid-October.
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8E-Hail-Damage


ANCHOR=
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tte
TAPE#97-36
GRAPHIC=storms


Southside tobacco farmers are having a hard time recovering from the damaging July Fourth thunderstorms that tore through the area.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;


Farmer Tim Shelton says he'll lose half his crop worth about 250 thousand dollars this year.
The larger plants won't sprout new leaves and are a total loss.
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SOT
IN Q=

((BOBBY SHELTON/TOBACCO FARMER: YOU CNA'T DO ANYTHING TO GET SYMPATHY FROM ANYBODY BECAUSE WE'RE ALREADY FOOLING WITH A CROP OF TOBACCO, WHICH IS ALREADY A BAD WORD TO ANYBODY AT THE PRESENT TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Bobby Shelton/Tobacco Farmer;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=present time.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Henry Co.


Farmers with insurance will be compensated for their loss.
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8weather


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


Turning to the Thursday outlook--
Skies will become mostly sunny, with high temperatures in the mid 80s.
Clear overnight, with lows getting rather cool, in the upper 50s.
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