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7E-Reid


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
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TAPE#97-77
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Testimony continues today in a Christiansburg murder case.
The prosecution says 52- year- old man killed the elderly woman he worked for.
The defense maintains James Reid was too drunk to remember what happened that night.
The murder happened in Annie Lester's home in Christiansburg last October.
In court yesterday jurors learned that Reid went to visit Lester that night, and witnesses say he had been drinking.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


Prosecutors say Reid beat and repeatedly stabbed the elderly woman he'd worked for as a handyman.
Yesterday Reid entered an Alford plea in court in hopes of avoiding the death penalty.
The plea acknowledges the state's evidence-- without admitting guilt.
The defense maintains Reid does NOT remember what happened that day because of the alcohol.
His attorneys point to the fact Reid did not try to conceal his blood covered clothes after the crime as an indication of his state of mind.
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14:00:52
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IN Q=It seems

((ROBBIE JENKINS/REID'S ATTORNEY:IT SEEMS THAT IF SOMEBODY WAS AWARE OF WHAT THEY'D DONE AND HAD COMMITTED A CRIME LIKE THAT-- THAT THEY WOULD'VE SNUCK OVER THERE, THAT THEY WOULD'VE HAD A WEAPON ON THEM, THAT THEY WOULD'VE SNUCK AWAY FROM THE HOUSE, THEY WOULD'VE TRIED TO CONCEAL WHAT HAPPENED OR CLEAN THEMSELVES UP AND NONE OF THIS HAPPENED.))
SUPER=01-Robbie Jenkins/Reid's Attorney; :00
RUNS=:15 approx.
OUT Q=none of this happened.
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VO-NAT


Forensic evidence showed Lester was not raped.
More than one hundred dollars was found in Reid's possession but it wasn't clear if it was stolen from Lester.
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7E-Bomb-death


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#97-82
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Louisa County police are conducting a murder investigation after a bomb killed a pregnant woman yesterday morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Louisa Co.;


Tammy Lynn Baker and her unborn child were killed instantly in the explosion.
Louisa County Police believe she grabbed a bomb intended for someone in the apartment complex.
Louisa County is just east of Charlottesville.
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7E-Byrd-Bus


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
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TAPE#97-85
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Luck was on the side of some William Byrd High School students yesterday when no one got hurt after a runaway school bus crashed into the building.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


The bus rolled across an empty parking lot, fifteen minutes before school let out.
It hit the side of the building, punching a large hole in a classroom wall.
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SOT 15:54:48
IN Q=this year it's empty

((RICHARD FLORA/TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISOR; THIS YEAR IT'S EMPTY, IT'S BEING RENOVATED AS PART OF THE PROJECT THAT'S GOING ON DOWN HERE, IT WAS AN OCCUPIED CLASSROOM LAST YEAR, THIS YEAR IT'S EMPTY AND IS JUST ABOUT , WAS ALMOST FINISHED BEING RENOVATED.))
SUPER=01-Richard Flora/Transportation Supervisor;
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=being renovated
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VO-NAT


The bus driver said she stopped the bus, set the parking brake, and went inside.
When she came out it was rolling away.
School officials are interviewing other drivers who were in the lot at the time, hoping someone saw what happened.
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7Roanoke-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
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TAPE#97-92
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Fire ripped through an abandoned house in Downtown Roanoke last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night;


The blaze broke out at about 11:30 at a house in the 500 block of Church Street.
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SOT 11:51:04
IN Q=WE COULDN'T

((WE COULDN'T FIND ANYBODY IN IT. There were reports that there was a vagrant in the house next door? YEAH, WE COULDN'T FIND HIM.. WE SEARCHED THAT HOUSE TOO.))
SUPER=01-Chief Bobbie Slayton/Roanoke Fire Dept.;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=THAT HOUSE TOO.
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VO-NAT


Residents of the neighborhood say both houses-- directly across from the Jefferson Gym-- were slated for demolition.
The fire is being investigated as a possible arson.
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7weather


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Taking a look at your Thursday forecast... Mostly cloudy skies today with some light sprinkles highs in the 50's
Tonight looks partly cloudy with overnight lows dropping into the low to mid 30's.
And taking a look ahead...
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7BIRTHDAYS!12/5/97
Friday:

SUPER=130-71/Charles Yingling/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-8/Cassie White/Hillsville;



SUPER=130-17/Matt Abbott/Botetourt;



SUPER=130-3/Tommy Lee/Bassett;



SUPER=130-9/Harley Cox/Salem;



SUPER=130-51/Ellen Martin/Riner;



SUPER=130-11/Barrett Downs/Vesuvius;



SUPER=130-/Decara Atkins/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-9/Miguel Matos/Salem;


Saturday:

SUPER=130-/Shawn Muse, Jr./Roanoke;



SUPER=130-3/Christopher Lilly/Dugspur;



SUPER=130-15/Matt Lovette/Axton;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-55th/Curtis & Kathryn Dalton/Roanoke;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-19th/Richie & Lora Atkins/Roanoke;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-51st/Ray & France Muse, Jr./Roanoke;



SUPER=130-9/Alexis Claytor/Radford;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-/Cindy Walker/Snow Creek;



SUPER=130-/Teresa Freeman/Snow Creek;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-10th/Tom & Tracy Webster/Huddleston;



SUPER=130-/Virginia Hurd/Snow Creek;



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555-Reid


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#597-49
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It's the defenses turn at a Christiansburg murder trial.
Attorneys for murder suspect James Reid will try to prove that their client does NOT remember what happened the night an elderly woman was murdered.
Forensic evidence links Reid to the crime.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


The defense says Reid suffers from seizures and black outs-- made worse by alcohol.
Yesterday--Reid entered an Alford plea--he acknowledged the evidence against him without admitting guilt.
Prosecutors say Reid beat Annie Lester with a metal can, strangled her with a cord and stabbed her 22-times in the neck, face and chest.
Reid's attorney say the fact their client did NOT try to cover his tracks is proof he was drinking and did not remember what happened.
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IN Q=He didn't

((PETE THEODORE/REID'S ATTORNEY:HE DIDN'T TRY TO COVER HIMSELF UP, HE DIDN'T TRY TO WASH BLOOD OFF OF HIM, HE DIDN'T TRY TO CONCEAL IT WHEN HE WENT HOME, HE WENT AND ASKED FOR A RIDE, YOU KNOW, RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE, HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HE DID. ))
SUPER=01-Pete Theodore/Reid's Attorney; :00
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=what he did.
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The commonwealth finished presenting its evidence yesterday.
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55Fatal-Ax


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TAPE#97-
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An early morning accident on Interstate 81 has left one person dead and another critically injured.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/This Morning;


Witnesses say the trailer was pulling back into traffic from the side of the road when a car came up from behind.
The driver swerved to miss the truck, but the car's passenger side struck the back of the truck, killing the passenger and trapping the driver.
It took rescue workers almost a half hour to free the driver.
The tractor trailer driver was unharmed.
Police say charges are pending.
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555-Byrd-Bus


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=eea
TAPE#597-45
GRAPHIC=NONE


Officials continue to probe into what caused a school bus to plow into William Byrd High school yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


The bus left a huge hole in a classroom wall.
Fortunately the room was in the process of being renovated, and there were no students inside.
School officials say a bus driver parked the bus, and went inside to use the restroom.
When she came out the bus was rolling away.
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IN Q=the driver is convinced

((RICHARD FLORA/TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISOR; THE DRIVER IS CONVINCED SHE SET THE PARKING BRAKE....GOT OFF THE BUS ))
SUPER=01-Richard Flora/Transportation Supervisor;
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OUT Q=got off the bus.
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VO-NAT


It happened about 15- minutes before the end of school, so no students were in the parking lot when the bus rolled across it.
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55Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=afr/dse
TAPE#97-83
GRAPHIC=fire


Roanoke fire investigators suspect arson in a late night house fire.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night;


The abandoned home on Church Street went up in flames at about 11:30.
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SOT 11:52:52
IN Q=FLAMES

((BOBBIE SLAYTON/ROANOKE FIRE DEPARTMENT: FLAMES OH, 20-25 FOOT ABOVE THE ROOF, IT WAS THROUGH THE ROOF. IT STARTED PRETTY GOOD. ))
SUPER=01-Chief Bobbie Slayton/Roanoke Fire Dept.;
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=PRETTY GOOD.
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VO-NAT


Fire officials say they searched the home, but found no on inside.
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((BOBBIE SLAYTON/ROANOKE FIRE DEPARTMENT: WE SEARCHED THAT HOUSE NEXT DOOR. WE DIDN'T FIND ANYBODY, WE USED THAT HOUSE TO THROW WATER ON IT, BECAUSE IT WAS ABOUT TO BECOME INVOLVED. THEY LOOK LIKE THEY'VE BEEN VACANT FOR A WHILE. THEY BOTH WERE BOARDED UP. THIS ONE THAT WAS ON FIRE SO HEAVY WAS BOARDED UP. ))
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=boarded up.
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VO-NAT


Residents of the neighborhood say both houses-- directly across from the Jefferson Gym-- were slated for demolition.
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55weather


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Turning now to the forecast--
Mostly cloudy, with some leftover drizzle.
Highs in the mid 50s.
Partly cloudy tonight, with lows in the mid 30s.
The four day outlook is drier and cooler..
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8E-Reid


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-77
GRAPHIC=none


Whether or not a murder suspect knew what he was doing on the night in question became an issue in court yesterday.
Witnesses say 52- year- old James Reid Reid had been drinking, when he went ot visit Annie Lester last October.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


Prosecutors say Reid beat and repeatedly stabbed the elderly woman he'd worked for as a handyman.
Yesterday Reid entered an Alford plea in court in hopes of avoiding the death penalty.
The plea acknowledges the state's evidence-- without admitting guilt.
The defense maintains Reid does NOT remember what happened that day because of the alcohol.
His attorneys point to the fact Reid did not try to conceal his blood covered clothes after the crime as an indication of his state of mind.
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14:00:52
SOT
IN Q=It seems

((ROBBIE JENKINS/REID'S ATTORNEY:IT SEEMS THAT IF SOMEBODY WAS AWARE OF WHAT THEY'D DONE AND HAD COMMITTED A CRIME LIKE THAT-- THAT THEY WOULD'VE SNUCK OVER THERE, THAT THEY WOULD'VE HAD A WEAPON ON THEM, THAT THEY WOULD'VE SNUCK AWAY FROM THE HOUSE, THEY WOULD'VE TRIED TO CONCEAL WHAT HAPPENED OR CLEAN THEMSELVES UP AND NONE OF THIS HAPPENED.))
SUPER=01-Robbie Jenkins/Reid's Attorney; :00
RUNS=:15 approx.
OUT Q=none of this happened.
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VO-NAT


Forensic evidence showed Lester was not raped.
More than one hundred dollars was found in Reid's possession but it wasn't clear if it was stolen from Lester.
The defense will present its case when court resumes today.
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8E-Bomb-death


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=afr
TAPE#97-82
GRAPHIC=none


Officials are still trying to determine if it was a bomb that killed Tammy Lynn Baker in Louisa County early yesterday morning.
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VO-NAT


Whatever it was, instantly exploded, killing Baker and her unborn child.
Louisa County Police believe she grabbed a bomb intended for someone in the apartment complex.
SUPER=03-Louisa Co.;


The bombing is being investigated as a murder.
Louisa County is just east of Charlottesville.
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8E-Byrd-Bus


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=eea
TAPE#97-85
GRAPHIC=none


It got the students' attention--
But none were nearby when a runaway school bus crashed into the side of William Byrd High School yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


The bus rolled across an empty parking lot, fifteen minutes before school let out.
It hit the side of the building, punching a large hole in a classroom wall.
No one was hurt.
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SOT 15:54:48
IN Q=this year it's empty

((RICHARD FLORA/TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISOR; THIS YEAR IT'S EMPTY, IT'S BEING RENOVATED AS PART OF THE PROJECT THAT'S GOING ON DOWN HERE, IT WAS AN OCCUPIED CLASSROOM LAST YEAR, THIS YEAR IT'S EMPTY AND IS JUST ABOUT , WAS ALMOST FINISHED BEING RENOVATED.))
SUPER=01-Richard Flora/Transportation Supervisor;
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=being renovated
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VO-NAT


The bus driver said she stopped the bus, set the parking brake, and went inside.
When she came out it was rolling away.
School officials are interviewing other drivers who were in the lot at the time, hoping someone saw what happened.
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8Fatal-Ax


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba/mho
TAPE#97-
GRAPHIC=fatal ax


An accident on Interstate 81 has claimed the live of one person and left another critically injured.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/This Morning;


Witnesses say a tractor trailer was pulling back into traffic from the side of the road when a car came up behind it.
The driver swerved to miss the truck, but the car's passenger side collided with the back of the truck, killing the passenger and trapping the driver.
It took rescue workers almost a half hour to free the driver.
The tractor trailer driver was unharmed.
Police say charges are pending.
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8Roanoke-Fire


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=afr/dse
TAPE#97-92
GRAPHIC=fire


Investigators suspect arson may have triggered a fire in an abandoned house last night in downtown Roanoke.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night;


The blaze broke out at about 11:30 at a house in the 500 block of Luck Avenue.
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SOT 11:51:04
IN Q=WE COULDN'T

((WE COULDN'T FIND ANYBODY IN IT. There were reports that there was a vagrant in the house next door? YEAH, WE COULDN'T FIND HIM.. WE SEARCHED THAT HOUSE TOO.))
SUPER=01-Chief Bobbie Slayton/Roanoke Fire Dept.;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=THAT HOUSE TOO.
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VO-NAT


Residents of the neighborhood say both houses-- directly across from the Jefferson Gym-- were slated for demolition.
The fire is being investigated as a possible arson.
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8weather


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Let's shift gears now and look at the Thursday forecast--
Mostly cloudy, with some sprinkles.
Highs in the mid 50s.
Partly cloudy, with colder northwest winds.
Lows in the mid 30s.
The long- range forecast is also cooler...
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