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7interstate-ax


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TAPE#97-70
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One person is dead after a tractor trailer accident on interstate 81 in the overnight hours.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./This Morning;


The trailer was hauling a load of bricks northbound on the interstate. Then police say the tractor's load shifted, or the driver fell asleep.
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SOT 7:33:22
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((GARY CHAFIN/STATE POLICE: WE HAVE A TRACTOR TRAILER THAT'S GONE OVER THE BRIDGE HERE, RIGHT AT MILE MARKER 133 1/2. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Chafin/Virginia State Police;
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Police say the truck immediately burst into flames-- killing the driver instantly.
The I-81 overpass have sustained structural damage, so the northbound lanes of the interstate will be closed until V-DOT crews can certify it safe.
In the meantime traffic will be rerouted onto Route 4-60 in Salem.
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7Ice-Rink


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#net (edit of 97-55)
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An ice rink that is planned for downtown Roanoke is adding on before construction even starts.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


D-and-R Development plans to build a twelve screen movie theater.
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SOT 03:29:45
IN Q=We've been

((LEE DANIELSON/D&R DEVELOPMENT: WE'VE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL WITH OUR MOVIE THEATERS UP IN CHARLOTTESVILLE.51 PEOPLE SAID OH THEY'LL NEVER COME DOWNTOWN, THEY'LL THIS, THEY'LL THAT. LAST YEAR THEY PUT THROUGH, ADDED 7800 PEOPLE A WEEK TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA.02 AND WE HAVE A SIX SCREEN 900 SEAT THEATER.05))
SUPER=01-Lee Danielson/D&R Development;
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Movie goers aren't the only ones excited by the new facility.
The Roanoke Express hockey team plans to move its offices to the Ice rink once it opens next year.
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SOT 03:50:06
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((PIERRE PAIEMENT/ROANOKE EXPRESS GM: I THINK IT'S A GOOD THING FOR US, BECAUSE IT'S VERY CLOSE TO OUR MAIN FACILITY, THE ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER. THERE'S A FACILITY FOR US. I DON'T THINK THE ONE BY THE AIRPORT CAN PROVIDE OFFICE SPACE FOR US. ))
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Roanoke Express GM;
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The rink will also serve as the teams's official practice ice.
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7Consumer Choice


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Many consumers have been left hanging after the owner of a discount buying club allegedly took their money and ran.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


After weeks of waiting for furniture and appliances purchased through a company called Consumer's Choice, one client called the office only to discover the owner had moved out of town.
The head of the Better Business Bureau in Roanoke says they've been looking into the practices of Iris Johnson's companies since the 19-70s.
She says they've never uncovered illegal activity, but they have seen unethical behavior.
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SOT 14:27:44:11
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((FRAN STEPHANZ/BBB:SHE DID OFFER ME A FREE MEMBERSHIP AND ANYBODY WHO OFFERS ME...DOESN'T WORK IN OUR BOOK.))
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau;
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Roanoke City Police are advising individuals who have accounts with Consumer Choice to contact their detective department.
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75-Farmer


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#597-33
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A man accused of shooting a police officer last November will not stand trial in Danville.
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Police say 29- year- old Marlowe Andre Farmer shot and injured Officer Dennis Haley during a drug raid.
Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Fuller says Farmer will not be tried in circuit court because a FEDERAL jury has already heard testimony of the shooting, when it convicted Farmer on drug charges.
Fuller says a federal judge will consider the shooting when Farmer is sentenced in October.
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7weather


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And lookinig now at your Thursday forecast... Spooty showers throughout the morning then the skies clear maaking way for sunshine. Highs in the low to mis 70's.
Tonight looks clear and cool with low in the mid 50's.
And taking a look ahead...
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7BIRTHDAYS! 9/26/97
Friday:

SUPER=130-/Dorothy Shifflett/Salem;



SUPER=130-5/Lara Mash/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-93/Treva Weddle/Floyd;



SUPER=130-10/Josh Dixon/Salem;



SUPER=130-10/Amanda Bryant/Rockbridge Co.;



SUPER=130-/Tracee Hodnett/Richmond;



SUPER=130-/Betty Ramsey/Penhook;



SUPER=130-3/David Philpott Jr./Boones Mill;



SUPER=130-13/Joey McCormick/Appomattox;



SUPER=130-63/James Graham/Danville;



SUPER=130-50/Dick Austin/Salem;



SUPER=130-35/Janice Bousman/Glade Hill;


Saturday:

SUPER=130-19/Melissa Martin/Hardy;



SUPER=130-11/Tommy Lawrence/Elliston;



SUPER=130-/Cheryl Sweeney/Roanoke;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-50th/Archie & Marjorie Dalton/Hillsville;



SUPER=130-2/Christopher Blankenship/Salem;



No Pictures:

SUPER=130-73/Charlie Painter/Roanoke;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-50th/Wilbur & Glenna Weddle/Floyd;



SUPER=130-/Susan Ayers/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-35/Clarence Bolden/Pulaski;



SUPER=130-/Ella Graves/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-40/Benita Bryant/Clifton Forge;



SUPER=130-/Dean Cooper/Roanoke;



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55interstate-ax


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TAPE#97-70
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A truck driver was killed early this morning in a fiery crashed on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./This Morning;


The trailer was hauling a load of bricks northbound on the interstate. Police say the tractor's load either shifted, or the driver fell asleep.
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SOT 7:33:22
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((GARY CHAFIN/STATE POLICE: WE HAVE A TRACTOR TRAILER THAT'S GONE OVER THE BRIDGE HERE, RIGHT AT MILE MARKER 133 1/2. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Chafin/Virginia State Police;
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VO-NAT


Police say the truck immediately burst into flames killing the driver.
The I-81 overpass has sustained structural damage, so the northbound lanes of the interstate will be closed until V-DOT crews determine its safe.
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55Ice-Rink


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#net (edit of 97-55)
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Three months ago a Charlottesville company announced plans to build an ice rink in downtown Roanoke,
And yesterday D and R development announced
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even bigger plans for the rink.
It also plans to build a twelve screen movie theater.
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SOT 03:29:45
IN Q=We've been

((LEE DANIELSON/D&R DEVELOPMENT: WE'VE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL WITH OUR MOVIE THEATERS UP IN CHARLOTTESVILLE.51 PEOPLE SAID OH THEY'LL NEVER COME DOWNTOWN, THEY'LL THIS, THEY'LL THAT. LAST YEAR THEY PUT THROUGH, ADDED 7800 PEOPLE A WEEK TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA.02 AND WE HAVE A SIX SCREEN 900 SEAT THEATER.05))
SUPER=01-Lee Danielson/D&R Development;
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OUT Q=theater.
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Movie goers aren't the only ones excited by the new facility.
The Roanoke Express hockey team plans to move its offices to the Ice rink once it opens next year.
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SOT 03:50:06
IN Q=We have

((PIERRE PAIEMENT/ROANOKE EXPRESS GM: I THINK IT'S A GOOD THING FOR US, BECAUSE IT'S VERY CLOSE TO OUR MAIN FACILITY, THE ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER. THERE'S A FACILITY FOR US. I DON'T THINK THE ONE BY THE AIRPORT CAN PROVIDE OFFICE SPACE FOR US. ))
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Roanoke Express GM;
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OUT Q=office space for us.
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The rink will also serve as the teams's official practice ice.
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55Consumer Choice


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Instead of saving money, some Roanoke consumers are ending losing big after a discount buying club shut down.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


After weeks of waiting merchandise to come from a company called Consumer Choice, one client called the office only to discover the owner had moved out of town.
The head of the Better Business Bureau in Roanoke says the agency has been looking into the practices of Iris Johnson's companies since the 19-70s.
She says its never uncovered illegal activity, but its has seen unethical behavior.
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SOT 14:27:44:11
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((FRAN STEPHANZ/BBB:SHE DID OFFER ME A FREE MEMBERSHIP AND ANYBODY WHO OFFERS ME...DOESN'T WORK IN OUR BOOK.))
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau;
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OUT Q=in our book
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Roanoke City Police are advising individuals who have accounts with Consumer Choice to contact their detective department.
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55Flynt-Falwell


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Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and T-V evangelist Jerry Falwell will meet face-to-face on November first.
The meeting at the University of Virginia is to discuss their roles in the First Amendment court case that made them adversaries.
The 19-96 movie "The People versus Larry Flynt" was largely devoted to the battle over a Hustler cartoon parody about Falwell.
Falwell claimed libel and sued for 45-million dollars.
He won at trial, but the Supreme Court ruled for Flynt on appeal.

55weather


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Time to take a peek at what the weather holds today...
After spotty morning showers, skies will become mostly sunny.
Highs warming into the low to mid 70s.
Clear and cool tonight, with lows in the mid 50s.
Turning to the extended outlook--
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8Accident


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Traffic is moving again on Interstate 81.
A fatal tractor trailer accident caused the Northbounds lanes to close this morning.
V-DOT officials have opened one northbound lane of the highway, the soutbound lanes were not affected.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./This Morning;


It's not know what caused the crash, but police say the driver could have fallen asleep at the wheel.
The truck then, went over the bridge in northbound lane of the Interstate and immediately burst into flames killing the driver.
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SOT 8:13:00
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((DON GILLESPIE/ROANOKE COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL: WHEN THE FIRST UNITS ARRIVED. THEY HAD THE FUEL BURNING ALL THE WAY DOWN THE DITCH HERE. IN ADDITION TO THE TRUCK BURNING UNDER THE BRIDGE, WE HAD A RIGHT SMART FIRE ))
SUPER=01-Don Gillespie/Roanoke Co. Fire Marshal;
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It took firefighters around 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
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8Rink


ANCHOR=Melanie
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Downtown Roanoke is not only the future home of an ice rink-- but also a multi- plex movie theatre.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The Charlottesville company announced plans to install a twelve screen movie theater.
Officials say they hope to have the facility ready to go next year.
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SOT 03:29:14
IN Q=The architects

((LEE DANIELSON/D&R DEVELOPMENT: THE ARCHITECTS HAVE BEEN CUT LOOSE, AND WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK WE WOULD HOPE WE'LL BE ABLE TO BREAK GROUND SOMETIME RIGHT AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR, JANUARY, FEBRUARY, SOMEWHERE IN THAT RANGE, AND OUR INTENT IS TO BE COMPLETED AND FINISHED BY NEXT OCTOBER.))
SUPER=01-Lee Danielson/D&R Development;
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The Roanoke Express hockey team will move its offices to this new facility and the rink will serve as its official practise ice.
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8E-Farmer


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tte
TAPE#97-65
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


The alleged shooter of a Danville police officer will NOT stand trial for the incident that happened last November.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Danville/Last Year;


Twenty-nine- year- old Marlowe Andre Farmer was charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting and injuring Officer Dennis Haley during a drug raid.
Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Fuller says Farmer will not be tried in circuit court because a FEDERAL jury has already heard testimony of the shooting, when it convicted Farmer on drug charges.
Fuller says a federal judge will consider the shooting when Farmer is sentenced in October.
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8E-Bedford-Murder


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
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TAPE#97-64
GRAPHIC=Evans, Andre


The suspect believed to have killed two people in Bedford had his arraignment yesterday.
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SUPER=03-Bedford


Twenty-three- year- old Andre Eugene Evans faces first degree and capital murder charges, along with two counts of using a firearm to commit a felony.
He allegedly shot Timothy Ray Robinson and Lorin Tyler Murphy near the intersection of South and Franklin Streets.
Witnesses say they were arguing about tennis shoes.
Timothy Robinson's cousin heard the shots, but did not realized what had happened until a neighbor called for help.
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SOT 9:03:54 Bedford Bites tape
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((PERNIE HAMLET/VICTIM'S COUSIN; AND HE SAID "SHOT SHOT" AND I THOUGHT HE WAS SHOT BUT HE WAS ALRIGHT AND HE SAID TIMBU. AND I RAN UP THE STREET AND WHEN I CAME UP THE STREET I SAW TIMBU LAYING THERE AND CHEW ON TOP OF HIM ))
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Police say neighbors helped them find Evans, who was hiding in the basement of a nearby house.
They're not commenting on possible motives.
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8ALBERT


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=albert, marv


The prosecution will rest today after more testimony in the sex- abuse trial of sports announcer Marv Albert.
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4:14:53
Yesterday jurors heard testimony from a surprise witness.
Another woman testified to the sportscaster's aggressive sexual behavior.
She said Albert bit her and tried to force himself on her three years ago in a Dallas hotel room.
Albert is on trial in Arlington, accused of biting a woman on the back and forcing her to perform oral sex.
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8weather


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Turning to the Thursday forecast--
A cloudy, damp morning will yield to mostly sunny skies today.
Highs in the low to mid 70s.
Tonight looks clear, with lows in the low to mid 50s.
Sunshine again for tomorrow...
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