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7E-Drowning


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jsu
TAPE#97-44
GRAPHIC=Drowning


The name of the six year old boy who drowned in the Roaonke River near Dixie Caverns has not been released yet this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


It happened shortly after noon.
The boy, his brother, sister, and their father were apparently wading in the river when the water got too deep-- rising above the children's heads.
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SOT 14:10:55
IN Q=The father got

((BAT. CHIEF TOMMY FUQUA/ROANOKE CO. FIRE & RESCUE: THE FATHER GOT TWO OF THE CHILDREN OUT LEFT THEM ON SHORE AND WENT BACK AFTER THE LAST ONE AND COULDN'T FIND HIM. HE WAS UNDER WATER.))
SUPER=01-Chief Tommy Fuqua/Roanoke Co. Fire & Rescue
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=was under water
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VO-NAT


Low water visibility and rain complicated the search. Rescue workers found the body about an hour and a half later.
Authorities say there have been several drownings in that area of the river in the past few years.
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7p-Yokohama


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#597-26
GRAPHIC=yoko


The countdown is on for a new contract for union workers at Yokohama Tire plant in Salem.
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VO-NAT


United Steelworkers local 10-23 and management were meeting at a local motel yesterday trying to iron out a new three- year deal.
The contract expires at midnight tonight.
Neither side would comment on how the talks are going.
SUPER=03-Salem/File Tape;


But a person familiar with the situation does not believe the union and management are close to a tentative agreement.
Three years ago workers at the plant engaged in a bitter, 11-week strike.
Yokohama Tire is one of the largest employers in the Roanoke Valley, with nearly 900 employees.
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7E-CONVENIENCE


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=afr
TAPE#97-52
GRAPHIC=None


It's safety before convenience for Roanoke County.
A unanimous vote defeated a proposal to put a convenience store across the street from Cave Spring Junior High School.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Last night, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors rejected a bid to change the zoning on a parcel of land at the corner of Brambleton Avenue and Rosecrest Road.
The owners wanted the zoning change, so they could allow the P-M-I company to build a "country-store" gas station similar to this one.
But residents argued a store would entice students to cross the busy street.
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SOT 8:27
IN Q=you almost

((STEVEN JONES/AREA RESIDENT: YOU ALMOST GOT INTERSTATE SPEEDS WHEN KIDS ARE RUNNING ACROSS AND YOU GOT A 5 LANE ROAD. NO MEDIAN. OR ANYTHING TO STEP UP ON WHEN YOU GET HALFWAY. ))
SUPER=01-Steven Jones/Area Resident;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=get halfway
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VO-NAT


Some residents told the supervisors they worry about further development along the stretch of road.
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7P-L'BURG-fIRE


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=AMO
TAPE#net (edit of 597-31)
SS=fire aftermath


Traffic may be flowing again, but a fire in downtown Lynchburg Monday night has left destruction in its wake.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Yesterday;


A smokey haze lingered in downtown yesterday morning-- following Monday night's blaze at the old Masonic lodge Building on Church Street.
SUPER=04-Monday Night;


The fire destroyed the front half of the structure when the roof and top floor collapsed.
One business was destroyed...two others were heavily damaged.
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SOT 9:23 97-51
IN Q=I thought I

((WAYNE RAMSEY/DAWSON FORD GARBEE REAL ESTATE: I THOUGHT I HAD ENOUGH ON MY SHOULDERS PUTTING UP A NEW OFFICE, NOW I'VE GOT PLENTY. I'VE GOT TO REBUILD AN ENTIRE COMPANY, GET ALL NEW SUPPLIES, EVERYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Wayne Ramsey/Dawson Ford Garbee;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=everything.
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Tons of debris will have to be removed before investigators can get inside and try to determine what caused the fire.
With this much damage, it's possible they may never know.
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SOT 97-51 10:31
IN Q=It's extremely

((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: IT'S EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ON DETERMINING FIRE CAUSE WHEN WE HAD SO MANY HOT SPOTS THAT BURNED FOR HOURS AND HOURS IN THERE, IT CAN GIVE US SOME REAL UNUSUAL BURN PATTERNS.))
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=unusual burn patterns.
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VO-NAT


The Masons lodge has stood on this spot for two hundred years-- most of the upstairs headquarters is still intact.
While no decision on the building's future has been made, the fire marshal believes the building will have to be torn down.
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7weather


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


Time now to check the mid- week forecast--
Clouds, showers, and more thunderstorms today.
Highs around 80.
The rainy weather will linger through tonight, with lows near 70.
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7BIRTHDAYS 7/24/97
Thursday:

SUPER=130-3/Marissa Green/Gretna;



SUPER=130-7/Donavan Blackburn/Vesuvius;



SUPER=130-/Ted Beckner/Roanoke;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-15th/Jimmy & Cathy Adams/Collinsville;



SUPER=130-7/Troy Cox/Floyd;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-43/Robert Bolden/Low Moor;



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55E-O'Dell


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-40
GRAPHIC=George Allen


Death row inmate Joe O'Dell is scheduled to be executed tonight.
But before that, he's getting married.
Lori Urs has crusaded for four years to prove O'Dell innocent of the 19-85 rape and killing of a Virginia Beach woman.
International pleas for mercy on behalf of Joseph O'Dell -- including two from the Pope -- have been food for thought for Governor Allen.
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SOT 12:24:59 tape one
IN Q=It's hard

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT'S HARD TO EXPLAIN. TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, OBVIOUSLY AS A CANDIDATE AND AS A GOVERNOR, I SUPPORT THE DEATH SENTENCE AS AN OPTION FOR JURIES. NEVERTHELESS IT'S DIFFERENT THOUGH WHEN YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. HUMAN INSTINCT IS TO SAVE LIVES.))
SUPER=@Allen;
RUNS=:19
OUT Q=save lives.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


The Governor was less introspective when told by a Washington Post reporter that some Italians were labelling Virginians "rednecks" because of O'Dell's pending execution.
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SOT 12:39:24
IN Q=Well I don't

((WELL I DON'T ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT IS TRUE. I THINK THAT'S AN INSULTING REMARK. THIS IS THE PLACE OF THE CRADLE OF AMERICA'S CIVILIZATION AT JAMESTOWN.))
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=at Jamestown.
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VO-NAT


Allen insists that he's still considering some form of clemency -- although he says there's "a mountain of evidence" proving O'Dell's guilt.
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55E-NS-Stocks


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-50
GRAPHIC=Norfolk Southern


C-S-X says its earnings fell three percent in the second quarter because of its expensive fight with Norfolk Southern for Conrail.
Meantime, some good news for N-S shareholders.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Norfolk/File Tape;


The rail giant approved a "three for one" stock split, effective in September.
N-S says it's a response to continuing good results and the desire to make more shares available to the public.
A stock split usually increases investor interest in a company.
Norfolk Southern gained more than five-dollars a share in yesterday's trading.
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55P-Davidson


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-39
GRAPHIC=Lawsuit


A lawsuit against the Roanoke City police department was dismissed yesterday in Federal Court.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/1994


Lennord Davidson said city police used unnecessary force then they arrested him three years ago, tackling him and beating him.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=Lawsuit


Judge Jackson Kiser pointed to just 49 complaints out of more than 55-hundred arrests.
The judge said there is no indication the force needs more training.

55weather


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


Turning to Wednesday's weather--
The much needed rain continues.
Today expect scatter Showers and thunderstorms.
Look for highs climbing into the lower 80's.
More rain tonight, some of it could be heavy.
Lows around 70.
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8P-DROWNING


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=AMO
TAPE#597-22
GRAPHIC=drowning


A six- year- old boy drowned at the Roanoke River Wayside near Dixie Caverns yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


The small boy, his brother and sister, were apparently wading in the river with their father-- when the water rose above the children's heads.
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SOT 14:10:55
IN Q=The father got two

((BAT. CHIEF TOMMY FUQUA/ROANOKE CO. FIRE AND RESCUE: THE FATHER GOT TWO OF THE CHILDREN OUT..LEFT THEM ON SHORE AND WENT BACK AFTER THE LAST ONE AND COULDN'T FIND HIM..HE WAS UNDER WATER))
SUPER=01-Chief Tommy Fuqua/Roanoke Co. Fire & Rescue
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=he was underwater
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VO-NAT


Divers from Salem, the State Police and Scruggs Dive Team along with other rescue workers found the body about an-hour and a half later.
The boy's identity has not been released.
Authorities say there have been several drownings in that area of the river in the past few years.
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8P-L'BURG-fIRE


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=AMO
TAPE#net (edit of 597-31)
SS=fire aftermath


The flames are out, but the damage lingers after Monday night's fire in downtown Lynchburg.
Many business owners are now trying to deal with the loss of companies.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Yesterday;


A smokey haze lingered in downtown yesterday morning-- the blaze at the old Masonic lodge Building on Church Street.
SUPER=04-Monday Night;


The fire destroyed the front half of the structure when the roof and top floor collapsed.
One business was destroyed...two others were heavily damaged.
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SOT 9:23 97-51
IN Q=I thought I

((WAYNE RAMSEY/DAWSON FORD GARBEE REAL ESTATE: I THOUGHT I HAD ENOUGH ON MY SHOULDERS PUTTING UP A NEW OFFICE, NOW I'VE GOT PLENTY. I'VE GOT TO REBUILD AN ENTIRE COMPANY, GET ALL NEW SUPPLIES, EVERYTHING.))
SUPER=01-Wayne Ramsey/Dawson Ford Garbee;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=everything.
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Tons of debris will have to be removed before investigators can get inside and try to determine what caused the fire.
With this much damage, it's possible they may never know.
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SOT 97-51 10:31
IN Q=It's extremely

((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: IT'S EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ON DETERMINING FIRE CAUSE WHEN WE HAD SO MANY HOT SPOTS THAT BURNED FOR HOURS AND HOURS IN THERE, IT CAN GIVE US SOME REAL UNUSUAL BURN PATTERNS.))
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=unusual burn patterns.
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VO-NAT


The Masons lodge has stood on this spot for two hundred years.
Most of the upstairs headquarters is still intact.
While no decision on the building's future has been made, the fire marshal believes the building will have to be torn down.
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8E-Business-Park


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-53
GRAPHIC=Roanoke County Seal


Roanoke county is putting its money where its plan is--
Yesterday, the board of supervisors discussed purchasing more than 460 acres of land for a new corporate park.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


Located off Interstate 81 near the Dixie Caverns interchange, the Glenn-Mary site is one of the last large, undeveloped parcels in western Roanoke County.
The supervisors have promised a development that will protect viewsheds and minimize the impact on nearby neighborhoods.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=NONE


The supervisors also heard from county school officials, who presented a revised plan for school construction and improvements.
The supervisors plan to vote on financing for the 47-million dollar proposal at their next meeting.

8E-Drug-Tests


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tte/equ
TAPE#97-45
GRAPHIC=Drug Use


41- percent of former prison inmates from Lynchburg to Patrick County failed a surprise drug test.
Nearly 300 were tested Monday.
They tested positive for cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines, or morphine -- and were immediately re-arrested.
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SOT tape 2 13:40:35
IN Q=There was no

((DAVID BOTKINS/VA. DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS: THERE WAS NO INHERENT SUSPICION. I MEAN YOU ALWAYS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR PAROLEES AND PROBATIONERS WHO HAVE BEEN INCARCERATED IN THE PAST RE-OFFENDING, DOING SOMETHING WRONG, USING OR ABUSING DRUGS. AND RATHER THAN JUST HOPE THEY DON'T DO IT AGAIN, THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IS ENSURING THEY'RE NOT GONNA DO IT AGAIN BY RANDOM DRUG TESTS.))
SUPER=01-David Botkins/Va. Dept. of Corrections;
RUNS=:19
OUT Q=random drug tests.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=Drug Use


It's the third "Operation Consequences" sting the state had done.
Operations in Richmond and Tidewater came up with a lower percentage of drug users than the Southside sting.

8weather


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


Checking the wet Wednesday outlook--
Cloudy today, with showers and thunderstorms likely.
Highs near 80.
More heavy rain tonight, with lows around 70.
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