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7Central-Pickets


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-47
GRAPHIC=UPS


The strike is on for the nation's largest ground delivery service.
The walkout by teamsters against U-P-S is already being felt in our area, in Roanoke and in Lynchburg.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/This Morning;


In the Hilly city, about two dozen hit the picket line outside a U-P-S processing facility just after midnight.
They're striking for Better benefits, job security and a secure pension plan.
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SOT 00:41:08
IN Q=The company

((TED SLAGLE/SHOP STEWARD: THE COMPANY SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER FEELS THAT THEY NEED THIS TO OPERATE. UPS IS A WEALTHY COMPANY AND THEY JUST SHOW US THEY SEEM TO THINK THAT THEY NEED OUR PENSION PLAN AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE DON'T WANT TO COME OFF OF. AND LIKE I SAID WE AREN'T GREEDY PEOPLE. WE MAKE A GOOD WAGE BUT WE WORK HARD.))
SUPER=01-Ted Slagle/Shop Steward; :00
RUNS=:24
OUT Q=we work hard.
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VO-NAT


Lynchburg also is home to the J. Crew catalog company, which depends heavily on U-P-S for shipping its clothing products across the country.
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7Valley-Metro


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=Dal
TAPE#97-48
GRAPHIC=none


Valley Metro Buses are on the road this morning.
A confidential vote on Valley Metro's latest contract proposal for its drivers left many commuters fearing a strike.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Employees of the Roanoke Valley's public transportation system voted yesterday during an afternoon meeting.
A joint statement is expected to be released some time today.
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7E-Wythe-Body


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#=97-54
GRAPHIC=Drowning


Wythe County authorities today will try to identify a weekend drowning victim.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Wythe Co.;


The body was discovered in the New River at about two- thirty yesterday by some rafters.
The man had no identification on him. He's believed to be from 45- to 55- years- old.
Sheriff Wayne Pike says it appears the drowning was accidental.
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IN Q=At this

((WAYNE PIKE/WYTHE CO. SHERIFF:AT THIS POINT LOOKS LIKE THAT HE EITHER FELL OUT OF THE BOAT OR HE MAY HAVE EVEN BEEN STRICKEN BY SOME AILMENT AND FELL INTO THE WATER BUT DIDN'T APPEAR TO BE ANY VIOLENCE ON THE BODY OF COURSE WE'LL HAVE TO LET THE MEDICAL EXAMINER LOOK AT THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Wayne Pike/Wythe Co. Sheriff; RUNS=:15
OUT Q=look at that.
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VO-NAT


The man has bright red hair and was wearing a man's designer ring on his right hand-- and what appears to be an "employee service" watch from a factory.
He was wearing swim trunks and a golf shirt.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


Authorities believe the body was in the water for 24 to 48 hours.


7L'burg-Robbery


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-
GRAPHIC=none


The two men suspected of robbing a Lynchburg convenience store last night did not manage to get very far with the stolen loot.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


Around 7:15, the clerk at the Big Horn Market on Leesville Road called 9-1-1 to report she'd been assaulted, then robbed of an undisclosed amount of money.
The clerk was able to give police a description of the suspects' car and a partial license number.
Investigator Danny Viar happened to be in the area when he heard the call, and spotted the car leaving the scene.
Police later stopped it on Kenyon Street and took two of the occupants into custody.
26- year- old Bobby Lee Brown and 21- year- old Larry Russell Ware have both been charged with robbery.
Police say they recovered some of the money taken in the robbery.
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7E-Bike-Ax


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=abr
TAPE#=97-50
GRAPHIC=Accident


Lifeguard ten was called to the scene of a dirt bike accident in Salem yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem;


Walter Thomas Beckner and his neighbor Garnett Christopher Meyers were riding the dirtbikes.
The men were rounding the house from opposite sides and collided head on.
Beckner is now at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in stable condition.
Meyers was not hurt.
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7WEATHER


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


Time now to check out the forecast--
Partly sunny today, with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.
Highs in the mid 80s.
Lingering showers tonight, otherwise partly cloudy.
Lows in the mid 60s.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 8/5/97

(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-2nd/Mr. & Mrs. Mark Leisure/Richmond;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-2nd/Lewis & Terri Smith/Riner;



SUPER=130-/Christine Umberger/Wytheville;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-36th/Rolfe & Christine Umberger/Wytheville;


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55Central-Pickets


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-47
GRAPHIC=UPS


Hundreds of thousands of businesses across the country will be scrambling today to find ways to get their packages delivered.
Teamsters have gon on strike against United Parcel service and that includes U-P-S locations in Roanoke and Lynchburg.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/This Morning;


In the Hill City, about two dozen hit the picket lines just after midnight.
Better benefits, job security and a secure pension plan are among the key issues.
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SOT 00:41:08
IN Q=The company

((TED SLAGLE/SHOP STEWARD: THE COMPANY SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER FEELS THAT THEY NEED THIS TO OPERATE. UPS IS A WEALTHY COMPANY AND THEY JUST SHOW US THEY SEEM TO THINK THAT THEY NEED OUR PENSION PLAN AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE DON'T WANT TO COME OFF OF. AND LIKE I SAID WE AREN'T GREEDY PEOPLE. WE MAKE A GOOD WAGE BUT WE WORK HARD.))
SUPER=01-Ted Slagle/Shop Steward; :00
RUNS=:24
OUT Q=we work hard.
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VO-NAT


Lynchburg also is home to the J. Crew catalog company, which depends heavily on U-P-S for shipping its clothing products across the country.
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55Valley-Metro


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=Dal
TAPE#97-48
GRAPHIC=none


But it looks like a possible strike has been averted for Valley Metro.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Buses are rolling this morning after drivers voted yesterday on the company's latest proposal.
So far the results and details of the contract have not been released.
Company and union officials agreed to keep the points of the contract confidential.
But a joint statement is expected to be released later today.
The drivers have been working on an extended contract for nearly four weeks while the two sides negotiated.
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55E-Gray


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=Dal
TAPE#=97-40
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A 700 pound fugitive is in police custody this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Henry Co.;

video on 97-49
Thirty one year old Kenny Ray Gray was scheduled to face cocaine and gun charges in Roanoke federal court on Wednesday, but never showed up.
Police issued a warrant for his arrest-- and the search ended Saturday when Gray contacted the U.S. Marshall's office.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


Officers arrested Gray at his mobile home in Bassett.
He was then transported to the Roanoke City Jail.

55weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cut-in
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#
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Turning to Monday's weather outlook--
Partly sunny skies today, along with some scattered showers and thunderstorms.
Very mild temperatures for this this time of the summer with highs climbing only into the mid 80s.
Variably cloudy tonight, with some leftover showers.
Very pleasants temperatures overnight with lows in the mid 60s.
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8Central-Pickets


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-47
GRAPHIC=UPS


Businesses who ship by U-P-S are scrambling for another way to get their parces and letters delivered.
Teamsters have gone on strike against the nation's largest delivery service, includes union workers at U-P-S locations in Roanoke and Lynchburg.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/This Morning;


In the Hill city, about two dozen teamsters hit the picket line outside just after midnight.
Better benefits, job security and a secure pension plan are among the key issues.
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SOT 00:41:08
IN Q=The company

((TED SLAGLE/SHOP STEWARD: THE COMPANY SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER FEELS THAT THEY NEED THIS TO OPERATE. UPS IS A WEALTHY COMPANY AND THEY JUST SHOW US THEY SEEM TO THINK THAT THEY NEED OUR PENSION PLAN AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE DON'T WANT TO COME OFF OF. AND LIKE I SAID WE AREN'T GREEDY PEOPLE. WE MAKE A GOOD WAGE BUT WE WORK HARD.))
SUPER=01-Ted Slagle/Shop Steward; :00
RUNS=:24
OUT Q=we work hard.
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VO-NAT


Lynchburg also is home to the J. Crew catalog company, which depends heavily on U-P-S for shipping its clothing products across the country.
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8E-Valley-Metro


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=Dal
TAPE#97-48
GRAPHIC=none


Meanwhile, Valley Metro buses are running on schedule this morning.
This after drivers voted on the company's latest contract proposal.
But both sides are keeping mum on the outcome.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Employees of the Roanoke Valley's public transportation system voted yesterday during an afternoon meeting.
Company and union officials agreed to keep the points of the contract confidential.
A joint statement is expected to be released some time today.
The drivers have been working on an extended contract for nearly four weeks while the two sides negotiated.
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8E-Wythe-Body


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#=97-54
GRAPHIC=Drowning


A man's body was found in the New River.
But Wythe County authorities have NOT yet identified him.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Wythe Co.;


The body was discovered in Ivanhoe around two- thirty by some people rafting down the river.
No identification was found on the man-- who's believed to be from 45- to 55- years- old.
Sheriff Wayne Pike says it appears to be an accidental drowning.
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SOT
IN Q=At this

((WAYNE PIKE/WYTHE CO. SHERIFF:AT THIS POINT LOOKS LIKE THAT HE EITHER FELL OUT OF THE BOAT OR HE MAY HAVE EVEN BEEN STRICKEN BY SOME AILMENT AND FELL INTO THE WATER BUT DIDN'T APPEAR TO BE ANY VIOLENCE ON THE BODY OF COURSE WE'LL HAVE TO LET THE MEDICAL EXAMINER LOOK AT THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Wayne Pike/Wythe Co. Sheriff; RUNS=:15
OUT Q=look at that.
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VO-NAT


The man has red hair and was wearing a man's designer ring on his right hand-- and what appears to be an "employee service" watch from a factory.
He was wearing swim trunks and a golf shirt.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=none


Authorities believe the body was in the water for 24 to 48 hours.


8L'burg-Robbery


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-
GRAPHIC=none


Two alleged thieves are in police custody this morning after the quick
response of Lynchburg police officers. (----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg;


Around seven- fifteen, the clerk at the Big Horn Market on Leesville Road called 9-1-1 to report she'd been assaulted, then robbed of an undisclosed amount of money.
The clerk was able to give police a description of the suspects' car and a partial license number.
Investigator Danny Viar happened to be in the area when he heard the call, and spotted the car leaving the convenience store.
Police later stopped it on Kenyon Street and took two of the occupants into custody.
26- year- old Bobby Lee Brown and 21- year- old Larry Russell Ware have both been charged with robbery.
Police say they recovered some of the money taken in the robbery.
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8weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cut-in
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#
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Turning to Monday's weather outlook--
Partly sunny skies today, along with some scattered showers and thunderstorms.
Very mild temperatures for this this time of the summer with highs climbing only into the mid 80s.
Variably cloudy tonight, with some leftover showers.
Very pleasants temperatures overnight with lows in the mid 60s.
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