06:00-01

E-Giles-Indictment

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-89
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales

****ANCHOR TAG****
An alleged suicide attempt hospitalizes a Giles County supervisor, just after Bobby Williams was indicted.
Sources tell NEWS 7 the indictment revolves around an illegally taped phone conversation- in which callers refer to an alleged affair between Williams and Giles County realtor Kim Frazier.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
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SOT
IN Q=Law enforcement
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :00
SUPER=@Teresa1; :24
RUNS=1:05
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Giles County.

(( Law enforcement officials were under the assumption Williams was planning to turn himself in at the Sheriff's department.
But --by mid afternoon-- when Williams failed to appear authorities went to his Ripplemead home.
That's when they discovered Williams had slashed one or both his wrists.
The family has asked that the hospital reveal no information-- but sheriff's officials say he's expected to make a full recovery. TAKE SU
The indictment is sealed-- but sources who spoke to NEWS 7-- have shed some background.
They say Williams did NOT tape the conversation but played it in front of others and physically confronted one of the callers discussing his alleged affair.
The case eventually ended in court-- with the judge taking the case under advisement-- if Williams agreed to pay costs and get counseling. END SU
A magistrate NEWS 7 talked with says Derick Gavin Ratcliff-- who's also named in the indictment-- said he's the one who taped the conversation.
Another man-- Herman Willie Dent- is also named in the indictment.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Giles County.))
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


Giles County realtor, Kim Lavender Frazier, is also named in the indictment and is free on 500- dollars bond.

E-Special-Election


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-95
GRAPHIC=Virginia Seal


Virginia's Grand Old Party may be outnumbered today when the General Assembly convenes and votes on a House Speaker.
Republicans successfully defended two House seats, and picked up a third in yesterday's special elections, but those Delegates won't be able to take their seats until Friday, when the election results become official.
Virginia's Supreme Court voted six to one yesterday NOT to interfere with the state electoral board's plans.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond/Monday;


It's a blow to Governor Allen, who appointed state Board of Elections Secretary Bruce Meadows.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Yesterday;


Late yesterday afternoon, the Virginia Supreme Court heard the Governor's argument that the Board should be forced to meet before Friday.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 02:11:19
IN Q=The earlier

((JOHN GIBNEY/ELECTORAL BOARD ATTORNEY: THE EARLIER THE STATE BOARD'S MEETING IS, THE GREATER THE RUSH. THE GREATER THE RUSH, THE GREATER THE CHANCE OF ERROR.))
SOT 02:24:34

((ROBERT BROOKS/VA. ATTORNEY GEN : PROCRASTINATION IS NOT ONLY THE THIEF OF TIME, BUT HERE IT THWARTS THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE BY IN EFFECT DISENFRANCHISING THEM DURING THE CRITICAL ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING OF THE 1998 GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THE REASON GIVEN IS NOT SATISFACTORY.))
SUPER=01-John Gibney/Electoral Board Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Robert Brooks/Governor's Attorney; :23
RUNS=:31
OUT Q=not satisfactory.
(----------------)
VO-NAT


The electoral board's attorney says the court's decision will uphold the integrity of the electoral process.
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iraq


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=iraq conflict


For a second day Iraq has prevented an American led U-N weapons inspection team from working.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;


Baghdad officials failed to provide the team with the escorts needed to enter suspected weapons sites.
The team is headed by former U-S Marine Scott Ritter.
Iraq claims he's a spy.
Two other teams went out as scheduled today.
The U-N Security Council meets again today to discuss the standoff.
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5-Africa-Books


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JHa
TAPE#597-49
GRAPHIC=NONE


Roanoke's sister city in Kenya is benefitting from "Books for Africa".
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The Roanoke Valley Sister City organization and local businesses joined together a year and a half ago to form "Books for Africa".
The volunteer organization has been collecting books from various sources.
It then sorts the reading material to send to schools in Kisumu
(ki-SOO-moo), Kenya, where the library's shelves are mostly bare.


"Books for Africa" sent its first donation of 38-thousand books to Kenya yesterday.
It hopes to ship two more shipments in the spring.
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One-Steve


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spa
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


Small Studio
SUPER=15-Steve Pardon;
SUPER=13-Tashi Gyaltsen/Ganden Jangtse Monastery;


Toss to break Stocks Comm

E-City-Schools


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=djo
TAPE#97-100
GRAPHIC=Education


A Roanoke City School Board member is speaking out against what he calls a school administration that spends its money loosely.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Board member Harry Davis says the administration was inefficient in selecting a contractor to replace the roofs on Fishburn Elementary and Roanoke Academy.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT-09:16:50
IN Q=THE ASSISTANT

((HARRY DAVIS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL BOARD; THE PEOPLE WE PICKED WERE THE LEAST QUALIFIED OF THE FOUR CANDIDATES AND BECAUSE OF DOING THAT, THE TAXPAYERS WOUND UP SPENDING ANOTHER 35-THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT WE DIDN'T NEED TO SPEND.))
SUPER=01-Harry Davis/Roanoke City School Board;
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=we didn't need to spend.
(----------------)
VO-NAT


Davis says the school superintendent overspent Breckinridge Middle School's renovation budget, something he says happens consistently each year.
Wayne Harris makes no apologies for coming in less than one percent over the projected number.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT-09:20:24
IN Q=WE BUDGETED

((DR. WAYNE HARRIS/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT; WE BUDGETED AN AMOUNT THAT WAS 875- DOLLARS LESS AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OVER A MILLION, SIX- HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS AND WE WERE OFF BY 875- DOLLARS. HONESTLY, THAT'S PRETTY GOOD BUDGETING.))
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/School Superintendent;
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=GOOD BUDGETING.
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VO-NAT


Harris says the school board does an "outstandingly prudent" job with the taxpayers money.
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E-County-Supers


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-88
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co Seal


A-E-P has found another friend in the Roanoke Valley as it garners support for it's proposed powerline.
The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors jumped on board yesterday.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./File Tape;


All five supervisors voted to support the project that would stretch from Wyoming, West Virginia to Cloverdale.
The corridor includes about nine miles in Roanoke County.
The supervisors asked American Electric Power to minimize the negative impact on individual properties, viewsheds and historic areas.
And they encouraged the utility to work with a committee of county residents.
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E-L'burg-Council


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-85
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg


A Roanoke- based restaurateur wants to tag some new customers with a game of "laser tag" at his downtown Lynchburg location.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


Owner Spanky Macher (MOCK-er) last night apologized to Lynchburg city council-- for the crime and security problems at Spanky's restaurant the past two years.
Macher wants to create a laser arena on the building's second floor, and add new party rooms and an arcade.
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SOT 7:56:07
IN Q=The business is

((SPANKY MACHER/OWNER,SPANKY'S RESTAURANT: THE BUSINESS IS AT A VERY CRITICAL POINT. THIS COULD ACTUALLY TAKE THE BUSINESS AND PUT IT OVER THE EDGE WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE. WE'VE TALKED TO ALL THE NEIGHBORS, ALL THE NEIGHBORS WERE VERY MUCH IN FAVOR OF WHAT WE WANT TO TRY TO DO. IT'S GOING TO BRING PEOPLE BACK DOWNTOWN AGAIN.))
SUPER=01-Spanky Macher/Spanky's Restaurant Owner; :00
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=back downtown again.
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VO-NAT


Macher says he wants his business to become more family-oriented.
Council voted unanimously to grant him the permit.
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E-Route-114


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=djo
TAPE#97-99
GRAPHIC=Highway improvement


The state transportation department is making plans for the growing section of Route 1-14 in Christiansburg.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;


V-DOT proposes to widen about a mile and a half of Peppers Ferry Road, beginning at the New River Valley Mall.
Officials say the commercial and residential development growth within the corporate limits has spurred the action.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT-04:21:58
IN Q=THE TRAFFIC

((DAN BRUGH/VDOT ENGINEER; THE TRAFFIC COUNT HAS GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE YOU DO NEED TO WIDEN IT FROM TWO LANES TO A FOUR LANE.))
SUPER=01-Dan Brugh/VDOT Engineer
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=FOUR LANE.
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VO-NAT


But residents are more concerned with the part of the road with frequent accidents.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT-04:35:46
IN Q=THE ROAD NEEDS

((ELMER SHEPHARD/LIVES NEAR ROUTE 114; THE ROAD NEEDS TO BE EXPANDED FROM THIS PART, FROM AS FAR AS THEY'RE GOING NOW ON DOWN TOWARD THE RADFORD ARSENAL. HAROLD MULLINS/LIVES NEAR ROUTE 114; I THINK WE NEED TO SCRAP THE SMART ROAD THING AND GET OUT HERE AND DO SOMETHING ON 114 WHERE WE CAN SAVE LIVES.))
SUPER=07-Elmer Shephard;
SUPER=07-Harold Mullins; QUICK!!
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=SAVE LIVES.
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VO-NAT


112 accidents have occurred on that five mile section over the past three years. Ten of those resulted in fatalities.
Construction for the business section of Route 114 should get underway by late 19-99.
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Two-Steve


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spa
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


Small Studio
SUPER=15-Steve Pardon;
(I'll Call for #)
SUPER=16-(540) 763-2589/Performance Information
(toss to Kimberly)
Double Boxes=SPA & KMC


UN-INSPECTIONS


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=iraq conflict


Baghdad is keeping an American-led U-N arms inspection team from working for a second day.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;


Iraqi officials failed to provide the team with the escorts needed to enter suspected weapons sites.
They claim the team leader Scott Ritter is a spy and that his team includes too many Americans.
The U-N security council meets this morning to consider a statement demanding that Iraq give weapons inspectors full access.
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NE-WEATHER


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=winter weather


Federal help is headed to the Northeast following last week's ice storm.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Maine;


Yesterday, President Clinton declared much of the state of Maine a disaster area.
SUPER=03-Quebec;


Across the border in Canada, utility crews are still trying to restore power to hundreds of thousands customers.
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2-E-Special-Election


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-95
GRAPHIC=Virginia Seal


Virginia Republicans won in the yesterday's election, but lost in court.
The party retained two house seats and picked up a new one, but Virginia's Supreme Court voted six to one NOT to interfere with the state electoral board's plans.
That means the election results will not be official until Friday and the three Republicans who won seats yesterday will be unable to take their seats today when the 19-98 General Assembly convenes.
The G-O-P may be outnumbered in the votes to decide the House leadership.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond/Monday;


It's a blow to Governor Allen, who appointed state Board of Elections Secretary Bruce Meadows.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Yesterday;


Late yesterday afternoon, the Virginia Supreme Court heard the Governor's argument that the Board should be forced to meet before Friday.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 02:11:19
IN Q=The earlier

((JOHN GIBNEY/ELECTORAL BOARD ATTORNEY: THE EARLIER THE STATE BOARD'S MEETING IS, THE GREATER THE RUSH. THE GREATER THE RUSH, THE GREATER THE CHANCE OF ERROR.))
SOT 02:24:34

((ROBERT BROOKS/VA. ATTORNEY GEN : PROCRASTINATION IS NOT ONLY THE THIEF OF TIME, BUT HERE IT THWARTS THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE BY IN EFFECT DISENFRANCHISING THEM DURING THE CRITICAL ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING OF THE 1998 GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THE REASON GIVEN IS NOT SATISFACTORY.))
SUPER=01-John Gibney/Electoral Board Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Robert Brooks/Governor's Attorney; :23
RUNS=:31
OUT Q=not satisfactory.
(----------------)
VO-NAT


The electoral board's attorney says the court's decision will uphold the integrity of the electoral process.
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E-TLC


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=eea
TAPE#97-82
GRAPHIC=TAP


Officials with Total Action Against Poverty say Roanoke can't count on the Federal government to support its homeless shelter program.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


TAP's last grant application was rejected for the Transitional Living Center because it was missing some pages.
But TAP says the department of Housing and Urban Development also rejected the grant because the document that describes the Valley's homeless problem, called the "Continium of Care" was unsatisfactory.
TAP believes the growing homeless problem in Northern Virginia is edging city's like Roanoke out of the race for federal money.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 15:22:45
IN Q=we all have to

((ELLEN BROWN/TOTALL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY; WE ALL HAVE TO PULL TOGETHER AND MAKE SURE THAT QUALITY PROGRAMS FOR HOMELESS PERSONS ARE SUPPORTED FINANCIALLY AND IN KIND AND IN VOLUNTEERISM FROM OUT COMMUNITY.))
SUPER=01-Ellen Brown/Total Action Against Poverty
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=from out community
(----------------)
VO-NAT


TAP will update its application and try for the next round of federal grants, but Brown says increased local support is the only thing that will guarantee T-L-C stays in operation.
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Three-Steve


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spa
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


Small Studio
SUPER=15-Steve Pardon;
SUPER=13-Tashi Gyaltsen/Ganden Jangtse Monastery;
SUPER=13-Lobsang Dakpa/Ganden Jangtse Monastery;



(I'll Call for #)
SUPER=16-(540) 763-2589/Performance Information
(toss to Melanie)
Double Boxes=SPA & MEL


E-Wine


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tfl
TAPE#97-94
GRAPHIC=Mornin' Health Check


In this morning's health check,
A look at the possible positive effects of drinking.
SS=red wine


Past medical studies say moderate drinking reduces the risk of heart disease.
Now a recent report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society claims wine can also lower the risk of age-related vision loss.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


More than one million Americans over age 65 suffer from macular degeneration.
The condition attacks the sharp central vision needed for activities such as reading and driving.
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


But one Roanoke doctor says because of the way the study was designed, it can't actually prove that wine consumption lowers the risk of the eye disease.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 13:28:39
IN Q=For most people

((DR. JOHN HINES/OPTOMETRIST:FOR MOST PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IS PEOPLE WHO ALREADY HAVE MACULAR DEGENERATION AND THE STUDY DOESN'T EVEN SUGGEST THAT IF YOU HAVE MACULAR DEGENERATION THAT DRINKING RED WINE REDUCES THE SEVERITY))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Hines/Optometrist;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=the severity.
(----------------)
VO-NAT


Doctor Hines agrees anti-oxidants may help reduce the severity of diseases associated with aging, but he notes anti-oxidants can be obtained through pills, rather than drinking wine.
(----------------)



S-Mental-Health


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tfl
TAPE#97-86
GRAPHIC=Mental Health Assoc.


The results of a two year study of Virginia's mental health system are expected to be released today.
A legislative commission will make recommendations for improving patient care.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


One suggestion involves hiring an outside group that would be responsible for protecting patient rights in state-run hospitals.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT 10:17:07
IN Q=Do I think

((DIANE KELLY/ROANOKE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOC. DIR.:DO I THINK THERE'S ABUSE IN THOSE PLACES...I THINK THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SITUATIONS WHERE PATIENTS DO NOT RECEIVE THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF CARE FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.))
SUPER=01-Diane Kelly/Roanoke Mental Health Assoc.;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=variety of reasons.
(----------------)
VO-NAT


Other recommendations include more community-based programs so patients who qualify can be released from mental hospitals and re-establish a life outside the facilities.
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(TOSS TO BREAK)

BUMP COMM

2-E-Giles-Indictment


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-89
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales

****ANCHOR TAG****
An indictment apparently led one Giles County supervisor to a suicide attempt yesterday.
Bobby Williams has been a member of the board for two years.
Sources tell NEWS 7 an illegally taped phone call is at the center of the indictment...and the conversation refers to an alleged affair between Williams and Giles County realtor Kim Frazier.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT
IN Q=Law enforcement
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; :00
SUPER=@Teresa1; :24
RUNS=1:05
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Giles County.

(( Law enforcement officials were under the assumption Williams was planning to turn himself in at the Sheriff's department.
But --by mid afternoon-- when Williams failed to appear authorities went to his Ripplemead home.
That's when they discovered Williams had slashed one or both his wrists.
The family has asked that the hospital reveal no information-- but sheriff's officials say he's expected to make a full recovery. TAKE SU
The indictment is sealed-- but sources who spoke to NEWS 7-- have shed some background.
They say Williams did NOT tape the conversation but played it in front of others and physically confronted one of the callers discussing his alleged affair.
The case eventually ended in court-- with the judge taking the case under advisement-- if Williams agreed to pay costs and get counseling. END SU
A magistrate NEWS 7 talked with says Derick Gavin Ratcliff-- who's also named in the indictment-- said he's the one who taped the conversation.
Another man-- Herman Willie Dent- is also named in the indictment.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Giles County.))
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


Giles County realtor, Kim Lavender Frazier, is also named in the indictment and is free on 500- dollars bond.

2-E-City-Schools


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=djo
TAPE#97-100
GRAPHIC=Education


How a school administration spends its money is not living up to the standards of one Roanoke City School
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;

board member.
Harry Davis says the administration was inefficient in selecting a contractor to replace the roofs on Fishburn Elementary and Roanoke Academy.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT-09:16:50
IN Q=THE ASSISTANT

((HARRY DAVIS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL BOARD; THE PEOPLE WE PICKED WERE THE LEAST QUALIFIED OF THE FOUR CANDIDATES AND BECAUSE OF DOING THAT, THE TAXPAYERS WOUND UP SPENDING ANOTHER 35-THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT WE DIDN'T NEED TO SPEND.))
SUPER=01-Harry Davis/Roanoke City School Board;
RUNS=:13
OUT Q=we didn't need to spend.
(----------------)
VO-NAT


Davis says the school superintendent overspent Breckinridge Middle School's renovation budget, something he says happens consistently each year.
Wayne Harris makes no apologies for coming in less than one percent over the projected number.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT-09:20:24
IN Q=WE BUDGETED

((DR. WAYNE HARRIS/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT; WE BUDGETED AN AMOUNT THAT WAS 875- DOLLARS LESS AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OVER A MILLION, SIX- HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS AND WE WERE OFF BY 875- DOLLARS. HONESTLY, THAT'S PRETTY GOOD BUDGETING.))
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/School Superintendent;
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=GOOD BUDGETING.
(----------------)
VO-NAT


Harris says the school board does an "outstandingly prudent" job with the taxpayers money.
(----------------)



E-Blacksburg


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#97-98
GRAPHIC=NONE


Blacksburg's town council meeting last night looked like a page from history.
(----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


The town is celebrating it's 200th anniversary.
To mark the occasion--- town council members dressed the part at last

night's meeting.
Other events are also planned throughout the year.
(/////SOT/////)
SOT
IN Q=Every monday

(( ))
SUPER=01-Roger Hedgepeth/Blacksburg Mayor; :
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=whole month.
(----------------)
VO-NAT


The Virginia Tech theatre arts department helped with the costumes.
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4-Scores


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


In sports,
Staunton River bowled over Rustburg.
For yesterday's scores, let's check the scoreboards.
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WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=#556
SUPER=X5027;
SUPER=0098-/R. M. Women/74/j/E &

H/88//Women/j/Lynchburg/57//Hollins/50//Women/;
SUPER=x5009;
SUPER=0098-j/E. Mennonite/97//Roanoke/92////;
SUPER=X5009;
SUPER=0097-j/Staunton

River/60//Rustburg/26////Brookville/54/j/Liberty/71//Arrington 21 pts/;
SUPER=X5009
SUPER=0097-/Bland/52/j/Rocky Gap/61///j/Floyd/72//Shawsville/53///;
SUPER=x5009
SUPER=0097-/Bassett/48/j/Laurel Park/77////Amherst/34/j/Franklin

Co./62//Girls/;
RUNS=:35

(-------------) OUT Q=....last score."