06:00-01

L'burg-Fire

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-51
GRAPHIC=fire


Lynchburg firefighters have spent the night battling a blaze that gutted a downtown building and now is threatening to disrupt the morning commute.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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SOT
IN Q=natsot
SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00
SUPER=01-Battalion Chief James Scott/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :18
SUPER=01-Bill Robertson/Marshall Lodge Secretary; :42
SUPER=01-Wayne Ramsey/Dawson Ford Garbee; :59
SUPER=@ssm1; 1:08
RUNS=1:28
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.



((natsot
RUNS=:02


This war may have been lost even before it began.
Heavy smoke already was pouring from 860 Church Street when the first crews arrived.. they had a difficult time getting to and trying to extinguish a fire that had a good head start.
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SOT 15:12:03
IN Q=We could see

((BATTALION CHIEF JAMES SCOTT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: WE COULD SEE THE PIPE CHASES AND WE KNEW IT WAS SPREADING THROUGH THEM. WE JUST COULDN'T GET TO IT BECAUSE OF THE HEIGHT OF THE BUILDING AT THE BOTTOM FLOOR.))
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=the bottom floor.


Once it broke through the roof, crews retreated and essentially wrote the building off.
Six engines and two ladder trucks spent hours pouring water into the structure while tenants stood and watched.
The Masons Marshall Lodge has been housed on this corner for more than two centuries.
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SOT 13:39:03
IN Q=I'm not as

((BILL ROBERTSON/MARSHALL LODGE SECRETARY: I'M NOT AS WORRIED ABOUT THE BUILDING AS I AM ABOUT THE RECORDS IN THE BASEMENT. THE RECORDS IN THE BASEMENT ARE OVER 200 YEARS OLD.))
RUNS=:08
OUT Q=200 years old.


Dawson Ford Garbee Real Estate already was building a newer, bigger office across town.
That won't be ready for two more months.. and there's nothing left of this one.
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SOT 13:45:30
IN Q=We made the

((WAYNE RAMSEY/DAWSON FORD GARBEE REAL ESTATE: WE MADE THE COMMENT TO ONE ANOTHER THAT EVERYBODY'S TRUE COLORS WOULD SHOW. THOSE THAT ARE LOYAL WILL STAY, THOSE THAT ARE DEDICATED WILL STAY AND WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO PULL TOGETHER AND MAKE A TEAM EFFORT OUT OF IT.))
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=out of it.
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Standup
IN Q=Even as

((City officials know it also will take a team effort to handle the headaches yet to come. Because the building appears unstable, parts of Church Street between Fifth and Tenth Streets will be closed to traffic indefinitely. That means hundreds of city employees and other downtown commuters will have to find another way to get to work this morning. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
RUNS=:20
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))



P-City-Council


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


Roanoke City Council last night gave the go ahead to a new 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.

CUNANan


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


It may be the strongest evidence yet to connect Andrew Cunanan to a cross country killing spree.
"The Miami Herald" says the gun used to kill Fashion designer Gianni Versace was also used in two other murders allegedly committed by Cunanan.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-New York, NY;


Since Versace's death the fashion industry is on a Cunanan alert.
Extra guards were on patrol as Calvin Klein kicked off Men's fashion week yesterday in New York.
Meantime, the F-B-I is now warning some celebrities around the country they could be Cunanan's next target.
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CONSTITUTION


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


She only traveled three and a half miles.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Yesterday;


But after 116 years away from the open sea it was was the voyage of a lifetime.
Launched in 17-97, the Constitution was one of the first six ships built for the Navy and was considered a technical marvel in her day.
She was called old Ironsides because iron cannons bounced off her sides.
The Constitution's sides are actually oak.
It took 12 million dollars and nearly four years to get Old Ironsides back in action.
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Cambodia-Kids


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#Lucy Hold
GRAPHIC=NONE


A group of students from Oklahoma traveled to Cambodia to teach English to Cambodian youngsters.
After only a couple of days, Phnom Penh (nam-pen) erupted into civil war, trapping the students.
Last week all 21 students made it safely home.
Michael McCardel has their story.
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IN Q=
SUPER=12-Oklahoma City, OK; :00
SUPER=13-Kelly Shain/Home Safely; :13
SUPER=13-Emily Steele/Home Safely; :18 QUICK
SUPER=12-Cambodia/July 5; :27
SUPER=13-Lori Schwinn/Home Safely; :56
SUPER=12-Los Angeles, CA/July 11; 1:59
SUPER=13-Michael McCardel/Reporting;2:10
RUNS=2:38
OUT Q=for CBS News



ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=None


News 7 Mornin' will be right back, but first we'll take a look at how some local stocks will be starting out today.

E-Signet


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-44
GRAPHIC=Bank Merger

****Anchor Tag****
Virginia's banking industry is turning upside down this month.
The latest word is that First Union will acquire Signet Banking in a more than three billion dollar stock trade.
Len Besthoff reports there are two big questions about the acquisition of Signet.
How will it affect this area? And, are more bank mergers on the way in Virginia?
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SOT
IN Q=First Union
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Ben Jenkins/First Union Regional President; :13
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :26
SUPER=01-Phil Sparks/Roanoke Chief Econ. Dev.; :35
SUPER=01-John Clarke/Catawba Capital Management; :58
SUPER=@Len1; 1:19
RUNS=1:29
OUT Q=LB, News-7.

(( First Union says its purchase of Richmond based Signet will not have a big effect on its 2000- plus workforce in the Roanoke Valley.
But the Charlotte based bank will move its regional headquarters out of Roanoke.
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SOT 11:30:31
IN Q=We're moving

((BEN JENKINS/FIRST UNION REGIONAL PRESIDENT: WE'RE MOVING PROBABLY 25 OR 30 MANAGEMENT POSITIONS FROM HERE TO RICHMOND. WE'LL HEADQUARTER THE COMPANY THERE. I THINK IT MAKES SENSE FROM A CENTRALIZATION. WE'VE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO IN RICHMOND, AND NORTH TO WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE.))
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=and Baltimore.


The city did get some good news though, learning that the bank will transfer 200 jobs into vacant space in the First Union Tower downtown.
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SOT 06:22:20
IN Q=We've been

((PHIL SPARKS/ROANOKE CHIEF ECON. DEVELOPMENT: WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH FIRST UNION FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS, AND THIS HAS COME ABOUT DUE TO THE GROWTH IN JOBS AT THE OPERATIONS CENTER IN ROANOKE COUNTY.))
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=Roanoke County.


First Union isn't the only bank growing in Virginia.
Wachovia, one of First Union's main rivals, recently made a big splash here, purchasing two banks in a month's time.
Now just two Virginia based banks are left; Crestar, and First Virginia.
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SOT 13:55:46
IN Q=The speculation

((JOHN CLARKE/CATAWBA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT: THE SPECULATION IS THAT SOMEBODY IS NOT GONNA LET WACHOVIA AND FIRST UNION TAKE OVER VIRGINIA. SOMEBODY ELSE IS GONNA LOOK AT CRESTAR OR FIRST VIRGINIA.))
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=First Virginia.


The folks that follow this market closely have a handful of out- of- state- suitors on the short list.
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SOT 13:56:06
IN Q=PNC Bank

((CLARKE: PNC BANK, BANCONE, THE NEW YORK BANKS.))
RUNS=:03
OUT Q=New York Banks.
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SOT 06:29:05
IN Q=And takeover

((And takeover speculation about First Virginia and Crestar has apparently already begun. After the latest round of trading, both stocks were up well over two- dollars- a- share. Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=LB, News-7. ))



ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=Bank Merger


Getting back to First Union and Signet, both banks want to point out that Signet customers should not notice any major changes in their bank service, besides a different name.
The banks hope to complete the deal by the end of this year.

E-Logging-Protest


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


Some environmental activists are NOT happy about a contract to cut down trees in George Washington National Park.
(----------------)
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
(----------------)
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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Green


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 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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Animal-health


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ldo
TAPE#m97-7
GRAPHIC=NONE


People are not the only one's effected by this summer heat.
Pets feel the heat just as much and sometimes more than their human companions.
Here's this week's edition of Pet Health.
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SOT
IN Q=it's never a good
SUPER=13-Dr. Ed Monroe/Regional College of Vet. Med.; :00
RUNS=:22
OUT Q=automobile at all


sponsor board

SALMON-WAR


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


In British Columbia, hundreds of fishermen have ended their four-day blockade of an American Ferry.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-British Columbia;


The decision to end the protest came early this morning after fishermen met with Canada's Fisheries Minister.
He convinced them to let the ferry pass so that Canadian and U-S officials could resume talks on a new salmon fishing treaty.
Canadian fishermen complain that Alaskan fleets are catching too many sockeye salmon.
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MORMON-WAGON


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=NONE


In Utah, it was a close call for some modern day pioneers.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Little Mountain, UT;


Three people were injured yesterday when they were thrown from their mule-drawn wagon, while they participated in the Mormon Trail trek. The mules bolted down a steep hill and as the wagon bolted downhill, all six passengers were thrown out.
Those hurt suffered only minor injuries.
The Mormon's three-month journey from Nebraska to Utah is scheduled to end today.
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E-O'Dell


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


First the Pope and now an Italian delegation is pleading for the life of convicted murderer Joseph O'Dell.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


European Parliament officials even admit Joseph O'Dell's guilty of crimes.
But they think he's innocent of the one for which he's sentenced to die on Wednesday.
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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.
(----------------)
VO-NAT


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


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


After years of maneuvering by supporters, Roanoke city council yesterday approved a new interchange from 5-81 to Valley View Mall.
As Andrew Freiden reports, the road will alleviate traffic on Hershberger Road, and provide another entrance to the mall.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT
IN Q=parents and residents
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00
SUPER=07-Patty Martin; :20
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Superintendent of Schools; :50
SUPER=@Andrew2; 1:10
RUNS=1:15
OUT Q=News7, Roanoke

((Parents and residents voiced opposition one last time--
Parents say the path of the road- which comes within 60 feet of the Huff Lane School-- is unsafe for students,
While neighborhood residents argue it will lower their property values.
But for the first time, a Huff Lane resident spoke out publicly IN FAVOR of the road.
SOT 15:26:00

((PATTY MARTIN: I SUPPORT THE ROAD, AND I SUPPORT THE CHANGES THAT WILL OCCUR AT HUFF LANE, THEY ARE POSITIVE CHANGES AND I THINK THE COMMUNITY NEEDS THOSE CHANGES.))
RUNS=:10


Patty Martin isn't just a resident, she's a parent and teacher at the school.
She says improvements promised by the city will outweigh any negative effects of having a road so close..
Superintendent of Schools Wayne Harris agrees.
He says another school, Oakland Elementary, is just 88 feet from Williamson Road.
SOT15:59:36

((WAYNE HARRIS/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS:I'VE SPOKEN TO THE SECRETARY WHOSE BEEN THERE 15 YEARS. AND SHE'S NOT HAD REGISTERED ANY COMPLAINTS FROM A PARENT, STAFF, OR STUDENTS ABOUT THE ILL EFFECTS OF THAT TRAFFIC. ))
RUNS=:12


Mayor Bowers said before the successful vote, that Superintendent Harris's testimony convinced him no students will be put in danger.
Construction on Valley View extended is slated to begin this November.
Andrew Freiden, News 7, Roanoke.))

E-Mail-America


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


Three years ago bankruptcy was on the minds of company officials,
but now the talk is of expansion and the more than one hundred new jobs they plan to bring to Bedford County.
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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.
(----------------)
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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3-Tease

2-shot


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



ANCHOR=Melanie

And when we come back, some youngsters are taking to the rodeo circuit, sort of..
ANCHOR=Kimberly

we'll tell you what they're riding when News 7 returns.

Mutton-Busting


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#Lucy Hold
GRAPHIC=NONE


At the Rodeo of the Ozarks, children don't tackle the bucking broncos, but that doesn't mean they don't take part.
The youngsters try their hand at a smaller, but often equally wild animal...sheep.
And believe it or not, mutton busting, as it's called, is growing in popularity.
Blair Cartwright gives us a glimpse.
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SOT
IN Q=
SUPER=12-Springdale, AR; :00
SUPER=13-Blair Cartwright/Reporting;
RUNS=1:32
OUT Q=(baaaaaaa)



ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


That was Blair Cartwright reporting.

Downtown-Blaze


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-51
GRAPHIC=fire


Firefighters are still mopping up at the scene of a blaze that gutted a building in downtown Lynchburg overnight.
(----------------)
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.
(----------------)
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.
(----------------)
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.

signet


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


First Union is poised to take over another Virginia bank.
The deal with Signet would give the Charlotte-based bank the commanding market share in Virginia.
(----------------)
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.
(/////SOT/////)
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.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


First Union is expected to purchase Signet for more than three- billion- dollars.
Just last month-- Wachovia of Winston- Salem bought Central Fidelity.
(----------------)




Tobacco-Liggett


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire


In a Miami courtroom yesterday the The chairman of Liggett Group testified that smoking is deadly and is addictive.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Miami, FL;

4:22:31
Bennett LeBow's testimony was at the trial surrounding a class action lawsuit involving 60-thousand flight attendants.
The flight attendants blame secondhand smoke on airplanes for a series of health problems.
In his testimony LeBow agreed with the flight attendants' attorney that smoking causes lung cancer, heart and vascular disease and emphysema.
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P-Gilmore


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#597-24
GRAPHIC=GILMORE


Jim Gilmore has faced a good deal of criticism about his tax plan.
But now that Don Beyer has come out with his own plan, Gilmore is wasting no time pointing out problems in his opponent's proposal.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


The republican candidate for Governor held a news conference with local elected officials and party leaders yesterday afternoon.
Gilmore has promised to eliminate the personal property tax on cars... and says Beyer's plan for a tax credit just won't fly.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 05:40:25
IN Q=But the essential difference

((JIM GILMORE/R- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: BUT THE ESSENTIAL DIFFERENCE IS THAT I HAVE CRAFTED THIS CAREFULLY AND MADE IT CLEAR WE'RE GOING TO PHASE IT IN OVER FIVE YEARS, SO THAT WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE GROWTH RATES THAT ARE GOING ON AND THE ADDITIONAL REVENUES THAT ARE COMING IN. THAT'S WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT MY CAREFULLY CRAFTED PROPOSAL AND THIS TAX SCAM THAT HE'S BROUGHT FORWARD.))
SUPER=@Gilmore1;
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=that he's brought forward
ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=PERSONAL PROP


Beyer maintains that even conservative estimates indicate that natural revenue growth will pay for the democratic plan.
A Beyer spokesman says the criticism isn't credible when it comes from someone who has proposed an alternative plan that costs nearly three billion dollars over five years.

P-Pulaski-Beer


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


Pulaski Rangers fans may soon be able to buy a beer at Calfee Park.
(----------------)
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--and that may prevent sales this season.
The last home game for the Rangers is next month.
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4-Scores


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=MLB


In baseball,
Jimmy Key gave up six hits over six innings to lead Baltimore's 5-to-1 triumph at Texas.
For that and the rest of the last night's major and minor league scores from the diamond, let's check the scoreboards.
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SUPER=#556
SUPER=X5011;
SUPER=0093-j/Salem/8//Prince William/3///j/Lynchburg/10//Frederick/9//12

Innings/;
SUPER=X5012;
SUPER=0105-/Bristol/1/j/Pulaski/7////Martinsville/2/j/Bluefield/6///;
SUPER=X5010;
SUPER=0091-j/Chicago/3//Detroit/0///j/Boston/3//Cleveland/1///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0091-j/New York/7//Milwaukee/3///j/Baltimore/5//Texas/1///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0092-j/Pittsburgh/3//Philadelphia/2////Los Angeles/4/j/Atlanta/5//10

Innings/;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0092-j/San Diego/10//Florida/2////Cincinnati/3/j/New York/5///;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0092-/Colorado/4/j/Montreal/8////San Francisco/2/j/St. Louis/7///;
SUPER=X5032;
SUPER=0114-/Los Angeles/64/j/Charlotte/75///j/Phoenix/70//Sacramento/57///;
RUNS=:56

(-------------) OUT Q=....last score."