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7Downtown-Blaze


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-
GRAPHIC=fire


It's clean up time for firefighters at the scene of a blaze that gutted a building in downtown Lynchburg overnight.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


The fire at 8-60 Church Street was called in around 9:15 p-m.
Authorities spent hours trying to extinguish the blaze, which apparently spread through the building's pipework.. making it difficult to reach.
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SOT 15:12:20
IN Q=The way the

((BATTALION CHIEF JAMES SCOTT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: THE WAY THE FLOORS ARE LAID OUT IN THIS BUILDING, IT'S SO CUT UP AND ACCESSES WERE SO LIMITED. FOR INSTANCE, WE COULDN'T GO FROM THE FIRST FLOOR TO THE SECOND FLOOR THE REGULAR WAY. WE HAD TO COME OUTSIDE AND GO IN THROUGH ANOTHER BUSINESS. IT WAS TOO DANGEROUS TO KEEP OPERATING INSIDE UNDER THAT CONDITION.))
SUPER=01-Battalion Chief James Scott/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :00
RUNS=:18
OUT Q=under that condition.
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VO-NAT


The fire destroyed a first floor real estate company and the Marshall Lodge of the Lynchburg Masons.
Two other businesses in the rear of the building also suffered damage.
Authorities don't know yet what caused the fire.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=None


Because the building appears unstable, parts of Church Street will be completely closed to traffic this morning.
Downtown commuters are urged to find an alternate route to work.

7signet


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=amo
TAPE#net (edit of 597-33)
GRAPHIC=first union/signet


First Union announces it will purchase Signet for more than three- billion- dollars in stock.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


At a news conference yesterday, representatives from both banks said First Union shouldn't experience any major job losses in the Roanoke Valley because of the merger.
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SOT 15:27:18 from signet/f.u./richmond tape
IN Q=For Signet's

((MALCOLM MCDONALD/SIGNET CEO: FOR SIGNET'S CUSTOMERS, THE MERGER MEANS MORE CONVENIENCE TO A GREATLY EXPANDED BANKING NETWORK.))
SUPER=01-Malcolm McDonald/Signet CEO;
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=banking network.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


First Union's deal with Signet would give the Charlotte-based bank the commanding market share in Virginia.
Just last month-- Wachovia of Winston- Salem bought Central Fidelity.
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7E-Logging-Protest


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jsu
TAPE#97-47
GRAPHIC=NONE


Some environmental activists are outraged over a contract to cut down trees in George Washington National Park.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Alleghany Co.;


In fact two people with the Shenandoah Eco-system Defense Group bound themselves to the road yesterday.
The human blockade prevented loggers from continuing construction.
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SOT Tape#1 11:07:50
IN Q=Some people may think

((JASON HALBERT/SEDG ACTIVIST: SOME PEOPLE MAY THINK THIS IS EXTREME PUTTING YOURSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD..BUT WE'VE GONE TO COURT. WE'VE GONE THROUGH THE PUBLIC PROCESS..WE'VE DONE THAT FOR TEN YEARS.. IT DOESN'T WORK. THEY CONTINUE TO CUT TREES FOR PRIVATE PROFIT ))
SUPER=01-Jason Halbert/SEDG Activist
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=private profit
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VO-NAT


The contract by Georgia Pacific will cut down TREES on 187 acres of forrest.
Authorities say its only a matter of time before construction continues again.
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SOT Tape#1 11:15:23
IN Q=We're taking

((WOODY LIPPS/JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST LAW OPERATION: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A FEW TREES.. WE HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO PURSUE LOGGING IN THIS AREA AND WE'LL DO THAT. IF WE DON'T DO IT TODAY WE'LL DO IT TOMORROW ))
SUPER=01-Woody Lipps/Jefferson Nat'l. Forest;
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=we'll do it tomorrow
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VO-NAT


The activists say they'll continue protesting for as long as it takes.
Forestry Officials are looking into a way to get the protestors removed.
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7Green


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tfl
TAPE#net (edit of 97-41)
GRAPHIC=Green


Former animal breeder Valery Green is set to be sentenced today after being found guilty of threatening to burn a house to the ground.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape;


Green faces up to six months in jail.
Defense Attorney Chris Tuck says her past convictions are misdemeanors, and he doesn't think she'll serve any time.
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SOT 7:21:58
IN Q=I believe it

((CHRISTOPHER TUCK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY:I BELIEVE IT WILL COME BACK CALLING FOR NO JAIL TIME.))
SUPER=01-Christopher Tuck/Defense Attorney;
RUNS=:02
OUT Q=no jail time
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg


A Montgomery County judge found Green guilty yesterday of threatening to torch the homes of Liz McKinney and her sister when they refused to drop charges against Green.
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SOT 6:49:04
IN Q=She said

((LIZ MCKINNEY/FALLING BRANCH KENNEL:SHE SAID IF YOU DON'T DROP THE CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST ME, I WILL BURN YOU OUT.))
SUPER=01-Liz McKinney/Falling Branch Kennel;
RUNS=:04
OUT Q=burn you out
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VO-NAT


The alleged intimidation by Green resulted after Green took a dog from McKinney's kennel.
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7P-Pulaski-Beer


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=mjo
TAPE#97-48
GRAPHIC=None


Beer may soon be on the menu at Pulaski Rangers games at Calfee Park.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.


The Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control board decided to allow the sale of beer--
Last week at a hearing, residents living close to the ballpark said the sale of beer could mean more accidents and trouble in their neighborhoods.
The A-B-C's decision can be appealed.
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7weather


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


Time now to check the forecast--
Mostly cloudy skies, with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Highs in the mid 80s.
More rain and storms likely tonight, with lows near 70.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 7/23/97
Wednesday:

(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-60th/Hasker & Laura Duncan/Riner;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-43/Annette Phanelson/Roanoke;

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55P-City-Council


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=afr
TAPE#97-45
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal


Roanoke City Council last night approved the proposed interchange for Valley View Mall.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


City Council voted four to one to approve a new 5-81 interchange, a mile south of Hershberger Road.
But before the vote, residents of the nearby neighborhood continued their protests.
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SOT 15:06:18
IN Q=are you going

((NETTIE KITCHEN/NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT: ARE YOU GOING TO BE ABLE TO COLLECT AS MUCH TAXES AS YOU LOSE FROM THOSE OF US WHO INSIST YOU LOWER OUR TAXES BECAUSE YOU CERTAINLY ARE GOING TO LOWER THE VALUE OF OUR PROPERTY. ))
SUPER=01-Nettie Kitchen/Area Resident;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=our property.
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VO-NAT


Parents say the students safety is at risk, pointing out the road will come within 60 feet of Huff Lane School.
But Roanoke's School Superintendent says the safety issues have already been addressed.
Wayne Harris notes Oakland Elementary School is already 88 feet from Williamson Road.
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SOT 15:59:36
IN Q=i've spoken

((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: I'VE SPOKEN TO THE SECRETARY WHOSE BEEN THERE 15 YEARS. AND SHE'S NOT HAD REGISTERED COMPLAINTS FROM A PARENT, STAFF, OR STUDENT ON THE ILL EFFECTS OF THAT TRAFFIC. ))
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/School Superintendent;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=that traffic
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VO-NAT


Council also approved funding for air conditioning and soundproofing at Huff Lane School and Round Hill School.
Construction on the roadway is slated to begin in November.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=Roanoke City


In last night's evening session, council voted unanimously to place a 39-and a half million dollar bond referendum on the November ballot.
The money raised would be part of an 82 million dollar capital improvement campaign.

55signet


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=amo
TAPE#net (edit of 597-33)
GRAPHIC=first union/signet


First Union's acquisition of Signet bank will give the Charlotte-based bank the commanding market share in Virginia.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


At a news conference yesterday, representatives from both banks said First Union shouldn't experience any major job losses in the Roanoke Valley because of the merger.
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SOT 15:27:18 from signet/f.u./richmond tape
IN Q=For Signet's

((MALCOLM MCDONALD/SIGNET CEO: FOR SIGNET'S CUSTOMERS, THE MERGER MEANS MORE CONVENIENCE TO A GREATLY EXPANDED BANKING NETWORK.))
SUPER=01-Malcolm McDonald/Signet CEO;
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=banking network.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


First Union is buying Signet in a 3 billion dolllar stock swap.
Just last month-- Wachovia of Winston- Salem bought Central Fidelity.
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55weather


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


Turning to Tuesday's weather--
Skies will remain cloudy today.
Showers and thunderstorms are likely through tonight.
Highs will be cooler, in the mid 80s.
Overnight lows will drop to around 70.
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8Downtown-Blaze


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-
GRAPHIC=fire


Employees who commute into downtown Lynchburg have to find an alternate route into work this morning, after an overnight fire gutted a building leaving its shell very unstable.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


The fire at 8-60 Church Street was called in at about 9:15 p-m.
Authorities spent hours trying to extinguish the blaze, which apparently spread through the building's pipework.. making it difficult to reach.
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SOT 15:12:20
IN Q=The way the

((BATTALION CHIEF JAMES SCOTT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: THE WAY THE FLOORS ARE LAID OUT IN THIS BUILDING, IT'S SO CUT UP AND ACCESSES WERE SO LIMITED. FOR INSTANCE, WE COULDN'T GO FROM THE FIRST FLOOR TO THE SECOND FLOOR THE REGULAR WAY. WE HAD TO COME OUTSIDE AND GO IN THROUGH ANOTHER BUSINESS. IT WAS TOO DANGEROUS TO KEEP OPERATING INSIDE UNDER THAT CONDITION.))
SUPER=01-Battalion Chief James Scott/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :00
RUNS=:18
OUT Q=under that condition.
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VO-NAT


The fire destroyed a first floor real estate company and the Marshall Lodge of the Lynchburg Masons.
Two other businesses in the rear of the building also suffered damage.
Authorities don't know yet what caused the fire.
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8E-Mail-America


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-38
GRAPHIC=New Jobs


More than 100 are coming to the area.
After being close to bankruptcy, a Bedford county company is now florishing
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Forest


Mail America broke ground yesterday for a 70-thousand square foot expansion that will double the size of its Forest facility.
The direct mail processing firm has been turning away orders because it doesn't have space to handle them.
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SOT 1:44:09
IN Q=We need to

((DAN REBER/MAIL AMERICA PRESIDENT: WE NEED TO ADD THE SPACE BASICALLY TO BE MORE COMPETITIVE. WE'VE GOT TO CHANGE OUR PRODUCTION LINES AROUND, AND WHEN WE DO THAT WE CAN PICK UP MORE BUSINESS FROM OUR EXISTING CUSTOMERS. DOUBLING THE SIZE OF OUR OPERATION IS GOING TO ALSO DOUBLE OUR SALES.))
SUPER=01-Dan Reber/Mail America President; :00
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=double our sales.
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VO-NAT


(REE-Bur) Reber helped found Mail America in 19-82, but sold the company in 19-93.
He took over again two years later and saved the business from bankruptcy.
The expansion should be completed by this fall.
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8E-O'Dell


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-33
GRAPHIC=NONE


More international appeals are being made to prevent the execution of convicted murderer Joseph O' Dell.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


European Parliament officials even admit Joseph O'Dell IS guilty of crimes.
But they think he's innocent of the one for which he's sentenced to die tomorrow.
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SOT tape one 10:32:19
IN Q=When a

((LEOLUCA ORLANDO/EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT MEMBER: WHEN A PARLIAMENT, AS THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT...STOP THIS EXECUTION.))
SUPER=01-Leoluca Orlando/European Parliament Member;
RUNS=:23
OUT Q=stop this execution.
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VO-NAT


The Governor has already said overwhelming forensic evidence proves O'Dell's guilt in a 19-85 rape and murder in Virginia Beach.
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8Green


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tfl
TAPE#net (edit of 97-41)
GRAPHIC=Green


After making threats of arson-- former animal breeder Valery Green will be
back in court today for sentencing. (----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape;


Green faces up to six months behind bars.
Defense Attorney Chris Tuck doesn't think she'll serve any time because her past convictions have been misdemeanors.
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SOT 7:21:58
IN Q=I believe it

((CHRISTOPHER TUCK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY:I BELIEVE IT WILL COME BACK CALLING FOR NO JAIL TIME.))
SUPER=01-Christopher Tuck/Defense Attorney;
RUNS=:02
OUT Q=no jail time
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg


A Montgomery County judge found Green guilty yesterday of threatening to torch the homes of Liz McKinney and her sister when they refused to drop civil and criminal charges against Green.
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SOT 6:49:04
IN Q=She said

((LIZ MCKINNEY/FALLING BRANCH KENNEL:SHE SAID IF YOU DON'T DROP THE CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST ME, I WILL BURN YOU OUT.))
SUPER=01-Liz McKinney/Falling Branch Kennel;
RUNS=:04
OUT Q=burn you out
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VO-NAT


The alleged intimidation by Green resulted after Green took a dog from McKinney's kennel.
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8weather


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


Checking the Tuesday outlook--
Overcast today, with showers and thunderstorms likely.
Highs in the mid 80s.
Not much change in tonight's forecast-- the rainy weather sticks around.
Lows falling to near 70.
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