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THIRTY-WEATHER

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7Fire-Chemical


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Residents of Atkins Virginia had to be evacuated last night after a fire started in a warehouse filled with plastics.
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The blaze has been contained at the Marley Moulding plant, but the smoke from the fire is laced with cyanide.
Authorities from the state police say the gas levels are not dangerous, but say the evacuation was ordered as a precaution.
Motorists are encouraged not to stop along Interstate 81 near the plant, and Route Eleven has been closed.
A-half dozen people have been treated for smoke inhalation.
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7VMI


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The "rat line" has officially begun for incoming cadets at Virginia Military Institute.
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For the first time women are participating in the grueling training regime.
The "in your face" training is meant to test the cadets' physical and mental endurance.
The training is tough; on average a quarter of the cadets drop out in a typical year.
Two men already dropped out this week.
But all 30 female cadets remain.
Yesterday, the woman appeared to be the target of rival school prank.
Some thirty dead rats were left on the school's parade grounds, next to them was a towel on which someone wrote Save the Males.
School officials believe it was the work of students from neighboring Washington and Lee.
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7E-UPS


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#97-60
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The strike is over, so why are Roanoke U-P-S workers still at home and not on the job?
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


While 185-thousand employees went on strike more than two weeks ago...but not all returned to work yesterday.
U-P-S management in Roanoke says about half of the 600 workers began delivering packages yesterday.
Company officials say they hope to hire back more workers as business picks up.
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SOT 11:07:22
IN Q=Well certainly

((WARREN KING/SOUTHWEST DIVISION MANAGER:WELL CERTAINLY THEY'RE STILL EMPLOYEES OF UNITED PARCEL SERVICE. WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE WORK FOR THEM RIGHT NOW AND AS THE WORK COMES BACK, WE HOPE TO GET THEM ALL BACK))
SUPER=01-Warren King/Southwest Division Manager;
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Some local businesses like Orvis are staying with the Post Office for half of what use to be shipped by U-P-S.
Postmaster Billy Martin says priority mail and regular mail remain up 50-percent and express mail is still up 70-percent since the strike ended.
The operations manager for clothing retailer J-Crew in Lynchburg says the strike could have been a catastrophe if it had lasted much longer or taken place during the holiday season.
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7car-chase


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Police arrested a Roanoke man after he allegedly led them on a chase through the streets of Roanoke early this morning.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning


Police say they tried to stop Jimmy Johnson Deel, Junior on Interstate 5-81.

He apparently made it to Wasena Avenue near Memorial Bridge, at times reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour.
When he turned onto Wasena Avenue he lost control, jumped the curb, and hit another vehicle.
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((JASON LUNDY/EYEWITNESS: PULLED UP TO THE GAS PUMPS, HEARD SIRENS, LOOKED AROUND SAW A PICKUP TRUCK COMING UP THE STREET, SKIDDED SIDEWAYS, POPPED THE CURB, HIT THAT GUY'S AWNING. ))
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Police say the suspect then tried to flee on foot, but officers apprehended him about a block away.
No one was injured in the crash.
Johnson, who was driving on a suspended license, is charged with two hit and runs, reckless driving and alluding police.
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7weather


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Taking a look at your Thursday forecast... Partly cloudy skies today with pleasant August highs in the low to mid 80's. And tonight continued cloudiness with cool highs in the upper 50's to low 60's.
And taking a look ahead...

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7BIRTHDAYS! 8/22/97
Friday:

SUPER=130-11/Landon Williams/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-1/Ashley Lovern/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-5/Brandon Thomas/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-14/Chad Sayles/Wytheville;



SUPER=130-15/Brandy Musgrove/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-3/Emily Boze/Wytheville;



SUPER=130-2/Katherine Millner/Roanoke;


Satruday:

SUPER=130-29/Sherry Byers/Buena Vista;



SUPER=130-10/Thomas Rothwell, II/Keysville;



SUPER=130-50/James Bratton/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-50/Rick Johnston/Smith Mountain Lake;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-23/Chris Simpkins/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-74/Owen Price/Salem;



SUPER=130-/Evelyn Reynolds/Salem;



SUPER=130-30/Carla Starkey/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-24/Tanimula Phanelson/Roanoke;



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55chemical-blaze


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Residents of Atkins in Symth County are still out of their homes this morning following a fire at a plastics plant.
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The fire began shortly after five last night, and produced a thick poisonous cloud of smoke.
All 500 residents of Atkins had to be evacuated.
At least a half dozen had to be treated for smoke inhalation.
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SUPER=01-Charles Harrington/Smyth Co. Emergency Services;
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The fire is still not out, but has been contained.
Tests showed the smoke did NOT contain dangerous levels of cyanide gas released by plastics burning in the building.
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55E-Dead-RATs


ANCHOR=Kimberly
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V-M-I's first 30 women enter their second day on the grueling Rat Line.
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SUPER=03-Lexington;
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The freshmen women and their male counterparts yesterday endured the beginning of their six-month stint of physical and mental training at the hands of the upperclassmen.
Meantime, campus police had to deal with some real life rats yesterday morning.
Thirty dead rats were left on the school's parade grounds,-- next to them was a towel printed with the slogan SAVE THE MALES.
It's believed the rats were left as a prank by students from Washington and Lee.
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55E-UPS


ANCHOR=Kimberly
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TAPE#97-60
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U-P-S is back in business But business isn't what it used to be.
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The delivery giant says thousands of returning Teamsters are being laid off until business, that was chased away by their 15-day strike, picks up again.
U-P-S management in Roanoke says about half of its 600 workers were on the job yesterday.
Company officials say they're waiting for business to pick up.
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SOT 11:07:22
IN Q=Well certainly

((WARREN KING/SOUTHWEST DIVISION MANAGER:WELL CERTAINLY THEY'RE STILL EMPLOYEES OF UNITED PARCEL SERVICE. WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE WORK FOR THEM RIGHT NOW AND AS THE WORK COMES BACK, WE HOPE TO GET THEM ALL BACK))
SUPER=01-Warren King/Southwest Division Manager;
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OUT Q=all back.
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Some local businesses like Orvis are staying with the Post Office for half of what use to be shipped by U-P-S.
Postmaster Billy Martin says priority mail and regular mail remain up 50-percent and express mail is still up 70-percent since the strike ended.
The operations manager for clothing retailer J-Crew in Lynchburg says the strike could have been a catastrophe if it had lasted much longer or taken place during the holiday season.
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55E-city-teacher


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
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TAPE#97-50
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal


Roanoke Education Association members say the City School Board is NOT listening to them.
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The School Board HAS formed a committee to study violence in city classrooms.
That after the teachers' organization complained.
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SOT 16:15:39
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((ESTHER CIRASUNDA: WE FOR NINE MONTHS, WE SPOKE AT THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS, LOBBIED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, CONTACTED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS TO LET THEM KNOW THERE WAS A DISCIPLINE PROBLEM IN ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS. ))
SUPER=01-Esther Cirasunda/Roanoke Education Association;
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The R-E-A submitted a list of 10 potential members for the committee.
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((ESTHER CIRASUNDA/ROANOKE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: AND STILL, THEY ONLY CHOSE 2 OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE NOMINATED TO HELP SOLVE THESE ISSUES. ))
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Three other R-E-A members were chosen, but (Seara-Soonda) Cirasunda says those teachers aren't as well versed on the issue.
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55weather


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Turning to Thursday's weather outlook--
Partly cloudy today and mild, with highs in the low to mid 80s.
Variably cloudy and cool overnight, with lows from the upper 50s to the low 60s.
Looking ahead to tomorrow, partly cloudy with highs in the upper 70s.
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8chemical-blaze


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Fire at a plastics plant forced residents from their homes in the Atkins community of Smyth County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Atkins;


The fire began shortly after five last night, and produced a thick poisonous cloud of smoke.
All 500 residents of Atkins had to be evacuated.
At least a half dozen had to be treated for smoke inhalation.
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SUPER=01-Charles Harrington/Smyth Co. Emergency Services;
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The fire is still not out, but has been contained at the Marley Moulding plant.
No word yet on when residents can return to their homes.
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8VMI


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For a second day the new "rats" are standing at attention at Virginia Military Institute.
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from 97-61
For the first time women are participating in the grueling training regime.
The "in your face" training is meant to test the cadets' physical and mental endurance.
The training is tough; on average a quarter of the cadets drop out in a typical year.
Two men already dropped out this week.
But all 30 female cadets remain.
Yesterday, the woman appeared to be the target of rival school prank.
Some thirty dead rats were left on the school's parade grounds, next to them was a towel on which someone wrote Save the Males.
School officials believe it was the work of students from neighboring Washington and Lee.
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8car-chase


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=afr
TAPE#97-
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A Roanoke man driving on a suspended license was arrested after leading police on a high speed chase early this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning


Police say they tried to stop Jimmy Johnson Deel, Junior on Interstate 5-81.

He apparently made it to Wasena Avenue near Memorial Bridge, at times reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour.
When he turned onto Wasena Avenue he lost control, jumped the curb, and hit another vehicle.
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SOT 33:24
IN Q=pulled up to

((JASON LUNDY/EYEWITNESS: PULLED UP TO THE GAS PUMPS, HEARD SIRENS, LOOKED AROUND SAW A PICKUP TRUCK COMING UP THE STREET, SKIDDED SIDEWAYS, POPPED THE CURB, HIT THAT GUY'S AWNING. ))
SUPER=01-Jason Lundy/Witness;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=guy's awning.
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VO-NAT


Police say the suspect then tried to flee on foot, but officers apprehended him about a block away.
No one was injured in the crash.
Johnson is charged with two hit and runs, reckless driving and alluding police.
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8E-Amherst-Found


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=abr
TAPE#97-54
GRAPHIC=NONE


A robbery suspect in (Fa-KEER) Fauquier County turned up in Amherst County last night.
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VO-NAT


That's when Amherst County Sheriff's deputies caught up with 20- year- old Charles E. Thomas-
He's charged with robbery in (Fa-KEER) Fauquier County.
SUPER=03-Amherst Co.;


Thomas was captured less than a mile from his sister's home in Monroe.
A resident near the area spotted a man fitting the suspect's description and called police.
That call and police dogs led deputies to Thomas.
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8TEACHERS-VIOLENCE


ANCHOR=Melanie
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Roanoke's School Board has assigned a committee to research school violence.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday;


But the Roanoke Education Asssociation is NOT happy.
The teacher's group called a press conference yesterday to say the school board didn't nominate enough of their members for the committee.
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SOT 16:14:56
IN Q=THE ONLY THING

((ESTHER CIRASUNDA/ROANOKE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: THE ONLY THING THAT WE CAN DO, IS MAKE SURE THAT THROUGH OUR REPRESENTATION ON THE COMMITTEE, THAT WE DO INFORM THEM OF WHAT THE TEACHER'S SURVEY RESULTS SHOWED, AND THE MAIN ISSUE, THAT TEACHERS ARE NOT BEING SUPPORTED BY ADMINISTRATORS. ))
SUPER=01-Esther Cirasunda/Roanoke Education Association;
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The 25 person committee is made up of eight teachers-- and the R-E-A says that's not enough representation.
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8weather


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Let's take a minute now to check the forecast--
Partly cloudy, breezy, and mild today.
Highs in the lower 80s.
Cooling off to around 60 tonight, under variably cloudy skies.
And more of the same for tomorrow, with highs in the upper 70s.
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