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7Fatal-Chase


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TAPE#97-
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Two people died after allegedly speeding away from Lynchburg police late last night.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :17
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(( It started around 11:30 last night when police say this blue Olds Achieva struck another car on Memorial Avenue in Lynchburg and left the scene.
An officer spotted it near Fifth Street, but when he tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver sped off.
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((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE CHIEF: THE POLICE OFFICER ACCIDENT WAS INVOLVED.))
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The two occupants, a man and a woman, were thrown from the vehicle and killed instantly.
Investigators from Lynchburg, Amherst County and the Virginia state police converged on the scene, and spent four hours photographing and recording evidence from where the car hit the guardrail, bounced off and came to a halt after striking a parked car nearby.
Police chief Charles Bennett says an investigation is underway, but preliminary reports indicate the police officer acted properly.
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Police have not released the identities of the two victims.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Amherst County.))

7Celco


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#97-53
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Hundreds of jobs hang in the balance in the advent of restructuring at a major plant in Narrows.
The mayor of Narrows estimates at least half of the town's labor force works at what everybody there has always called the Celanese plant.
Union leaders at the plant say Celco has alerted them that as many as 500 hourly jobs could be affected by some kind of cost- cutting move.
Right now Celco has about 13-hundred hourly employees.
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((DONALD RICHARDSON/NARROWS MAYOR: 500 JOBS LOST IN GILES COUNTY WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO US. THAT'S REALLY A TREMENDOUS LOSS.))
SUPER=01-Donald Richardson/Narrows Mayor;
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John McQuail, a Human Resources Coordinator with the company, says the 500 jobs estimate is a ballpark figure.
McQuail says if hourly workers go along with the restructuring program those effected will have job security at least through the year 2000.
The union at Celco must still vote on the proposal.
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7E-Local-Tobacco


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
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TAPE#97-58
GRAPHIC=Tobacco


President Clinton has proposed changes to the tobacco deal, among them a price increase on cigarettes.
Local tobacco farmers have mixed feelings about that.
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SUPER=03-Danville


Some say it will hurt tobacco growers and their communities.
Others say merchants are already doing their part to stop teen smoking and high prices won't work.
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((JEFF RUSSELL/THE TOBACCO COMPANY;IT'LL DO NOTHING BUT INCREASE THE RATE OF CRIME TO GET CIGARETTES FOR WHOEVER NEEDS THEM
SOT 00:01:41

HARRY LEA/WAREHOUSE OWNER; THE TOBACCO FOLKS OUGHT TO SHUT THE WHOLE INDUSTRY DOWN AND SAY WE'RE GOING ON STRIKE AND WE'RE GOING TO SIT DOWN AND NOT DO ANYTHING UNTIL PEOPLE COME TO THEIR SENSES AND SEE THAT TOBACCO IS NOT THE GREATEST SOCIAL IN THE UNITED STATES.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Russell/The Tobacco Company;
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The President's stance on the settlement means congress won't act on any tobacco legislation this year.

7weather


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Taking a look at your Thursday forecast...
Mostly sunny skies with temperatures reaching the low to mid 80's.
Tonight looks clear, with some areas of fog in the region. nighttime lows in the mid to upper 50's.
And taking a look ahead...
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7BIRTHDAYS! 9/19/97
Friday:

SUPER=130-3/Justin Coach/Lexington;



SUPER=130-3/Austin Wiseman/Sink Grove;



SUPER=130-40/Brenda Fisher/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-11/Nikki Sheppard/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-78/Elizabeth Arnold/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-/Debbie Poston/Marion;



SUPER=130-/Michael Alls/Blacksburg;



SUPER=130-71/Sam Nixon/Pulaski;


Saturday:

SUPER=130-58/Ruby Stewart/Martinsville;



SUPER=130-1/Kendall Maxey/Daleville;



SUPER=130-8/Natasha Cooper/Roanoke;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-6/Sancho Lawson/Martinsville;



SUPER=130-49/Leon Scruggs/Hurt;



SUPER=130-/Verlie Hollandsworth/Indian Valley;



SUPER=130-/Jennifer Stallard/Elliston;



SUPER=130-/Howard Mitchell/Snow Creek;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-/Jimmy & Brenda Wheaton/Snow Creek;





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55Chase-Fatal


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=aje
TAPE#net (edit of 97-
GRAPHIC=fatal accident


A late night hit and run accident in Lynchburg apparently escalated into a deadly police chase.
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SUPER=03-Madison Heights/This Morning; :00


Police say this blue Olds Achieva struck another car on Memorial Avenue in Lynchburg and left the scene.
An officer spotted it near Fifth Street, but when he tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver sped off.
The man and woman in the car were killed when they were thrown from their car after it hit a guardrail, and struck a parked car.
Officials from Lynchburg, Amherst County and the Virginia state police are investigating.
Police chief Charles Bennett says preliminary reports indicate the police officer acted properly.
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((BENNETT: THE OFFICER DID NOT ONLY WHAT ON THE HIGHWAY.))
SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :
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OUT Q=on the highway.
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VO-NAT


Police have not released the identities of the two victims.
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55Celco


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-53
GRAPHIC=business news


Giles County's largest employer has announced a major restructuring plan.
And that has some worrying about the security of their jobs.
Union leaders at Celco have alerted them that as many as 500 hourly jobs could be affected by the cost- cutting move.
Right now Celco has about 13-hundred hourly workers.
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((DONALD RICHARDSON/NARROWS MAYOR: 500 JOBS LOST IN GILES COUNTY WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO US. THAT'S REALLY A TREMENDOUS LOSS.))
SUPER=01-Donald Richardson/Narrows Mayor;
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OUT Q=tremendous loss.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Giles Co.


Celco makes the material used in cigarette filters and yarn for synthetic clothes.
John McQuail, a Human Resources Coordinator with the company, says the 500 jobs estimate is a ballpark figure.
McQuail says if hourly workers go along with the restructuring program those effected will have job security at least through the year 2000.
The union at Celco must still vote on the proposal.
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55E-VMI


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
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TAPE#97-57
GRAPHIC=VMI


The Justice Department seeks more information about the suspension of one of V-M-I's female cadets.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lexington


Government lawyers have demanded specifics on the incident, that reportedly resulted after a rat hit an upperclassman.
V-M-I says it's none of their business... despite the fact that the Institute became co-ed just one month ago thanks to the intervention of those government lawyers.
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((MAJ. GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT: I THINK IT'S THEIR OBLIGATION TO WATCH VERY CAREFULLY WHAT WE ARE DOING. BUT I THINK IT'S ALSO THEIR OBLIGATION- -ABSENCE ANY EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY- -TO ALLOW US TO CARRY ON OUR OWN AFFAIRS WITH NOTHING MORE THAN CAREFUL OVERSIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent
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Bunting predicts there will be 22 or 23 women left in the freshman class by year's end and he says that's still enough to make it work.
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55E-Murphy-Execution


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
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TAPE#97-66
GRAPHIC=NONE


Neither foreign nor domestic pressure was able to spare the life of admitted Hitman Mario Benjamin Murphy.
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The Mexican citizen was put to death by lethal injection at 9:09 last night.
Murphy laughed and said he forgave his executioners as he drifted off.
Murphy took part in a murder for hire scheme in Virginia Beach in 19-89.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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But Virginia Beach authorities apparently didn't realize he was a Mexican citizen, and did NOT notify the Mexican consulate of his arrest.
That's in violation of an international treaty--
The mexican government and even the Southern Baptist Convention missionaries pleaded for Murphy's life.

55weather


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Time now to find out what today's weather holds--
Skies will become mostly sunny, with high temperatures in the low to mid 80s.
Clear overnight, with areas of fog developing, lows in the mid to upper 50s.
Looking ahead to the weekend, plenty of sunshine and warm daytime highs.
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8Chase-Fatal


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
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TAPE#net (edit of 97-
GRAPHIC=fatal accident


A couple was killed last night when they reportedly fled from police after a hit- and- run accident in Lynchburg.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Madison Heights/This Morning; :00


Police say this blue Olds Achieva struck another car on Memorial Avenue in Lynchburg and left the scene.
An officer spotted it near Fifth Street, but when he tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver sped off.
The man and woman in the car were killed when they were thrown from their car after it hit a guardrail, and a parked car.
A multi police agency investigation is now underway.
The Lynchburg police chief says preliminary reports indicate the police officer acted properly.
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SOT 17:01:08
IN Q=The officer did

((BENNETT: THE OFFICER DID NOT ONLY WHAT ON THE HIGHWAY.))
SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :
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OUT Q=on the highway.
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VO-NAT


Police have not released the identities of the two victims.
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8Celco


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-53
GRAPHIC=business news


A cost- cutting move at the Celco plant in Narrows could affect hundreds of workers.
The town mayor estimates at least half of Narrow's labor force works at what's usually called the Celanese plant.
Union leaders say Celco has alerted them that as many as 500 hourly jobs could be affected.
Right now Celco has about 13-hundred hourly employees.
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SOT tape one 01:34:08
IN Q=500 jobs

((DONALD RICHARDSON/NARROWS MAYOR: 500 JOBS LOST IN GILES COUNTY WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO US. THAT'S REALLY A TREMENDOUS LOSS.))
SUPER=01-Donald Richardson/Narrows Mayor;
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=tremendous loss.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Giles Co.


Celco makes the material used in cigarette filters and yarn for synthetic clothes.
John McQuail, a Human Resources Coordinator with the company, says the 500 jobs estimate is a ballpark figure.
McQuail says if hourly workers go along with the restructuring program those effected will have job security at least through the year 2000.
The union at Celco must still vote on the proposal.
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8E-Murphy-Execution


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-66
GRAPHIC=NONE


Despite pleas to stop his execution, admitted hired killer Mario Benjamin Murphy died last night.
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VO-NAT


The Mexican citizen was put to death by lethal injection at 9:09 P-M.
Murphy laughed and said he forgave his executioners as he drifted off.
Murphy took part in a murder for hire scheme in Virginia Beach in 19-89.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


But Virginia Beach authorities apparently didn't realize he was a Mexican citizen, and did NOT notify the Mexican consulate of his arrest.
That's in violation of an international treaty--
The mexican government and even the Southern Baptist Convention missionaries pleaded for Murphy's life.

8E-VMI


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-57
GRAPHIC=VMI


As the U-S Justice Department tries to determine how women should blend into V-M-I's corps of cadets, school officials are trying to take care of matters on their own.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lexington


Government lawyers have demanded specifics of a recent incident that resulted in the suspension of a female cadet.
V-M-I says it's none of their business... despite the fact that the Institute became co-ed just one month ago thanks to the intervention of those government lawyers.
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SOT 14:35:10
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((MAJ. GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT: I THINK IT'S THEIR OBLIGATION TO WATCH VERY CAREFULLY WHAT WE ARE DOING. BUT I THINK IT'S ALSO THEIR OBLIGATION- -ABSENCE ANY EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY- -TO ALLOW US TO CARRY ON OUR OWN AFFAIRS WITH NOTHING MORE THAN CAREFUL OVERSIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent
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OUT Q=careful oversight.
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VO-NAT


Bunting predicts there will be 22 or 23 women left in the freshman class by year's end and he says that's still enough to make it work.
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8weather


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Checking the Thursday outlook--
Expect plenty of sunshine today, with highs warming into the low to mid 80s.
Clear skies tonight, with some fog forming.
Lows in the mid to upper 50s.
The four day forecast is calling for sunshine through Saturday, then rain starting on Sunday.
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