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ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-93/tape rolled from truck
GRAPHIC=Va State Seal


The 19-98 General Assembly gavels into session in a matter of moments.
That gavel kicks off the latest round in the fight for control in the House of Delegates.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Ellen/Starlink


Ellen Qualls is at the state capital. Ellen, what's the latest?
Live=Ellen Full/Starlink
SUPER=@ellen1;
SUPER=06-Richmond;
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**tape rolled from truck**
(Rollcue: "...taking their seats.")
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;
(ellen reads vo live)

vo runs :16
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SOT
IN Q=
SUPER=01-Del. Barnie Day/(D) Patrick Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Scott Leake/Joint Republican Caucus; :20
RUNS=:37
OUT Q=seated there.
Live=Ellen Full/Starlink
SUPER=06-Richmond;
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Double Boxes=Melanie and Ellen/Starlink




Abed


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=khu
TAPE#97-92
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


Opening statements are underway in the trial of Roanoke's alleged crime family.
Two brothers in the Abed family, four of their sons and two business associates are charged with using violence to drive out competing restaurants and convenience stores.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Keith/Microwave


Keith Humphry has been following the story and is at the court house with the latest.
Keith..
Live=Keith Full/Microwave
SUPER=@Keith1;
SUPER=05-Roanoke;
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(Rollcue: )
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning;
RUNS=:00
OUT Q=
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Live=Keith Full/Microwave
SUPER=05-Roanoke;
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Double Boxes=Melanie and Keith/Microwave




giles


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE# EDIT FROM 97-89
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


Giles County supervisor Bobby Williams reportedly has attempted suicide following an indictment on charges connected to illegally taped phone conversations.
Sources tell News 7 the calls were reportedly linked an alleged affair between Williams and Giles County realtor Kim Lavender Frazier.
The indictments have been sealed, so little information is available.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Giles Co.;


Yesterday when Williams failed to turn himself into the Giles County Sheriff's departments authorities went to his home and found he had slashed one or both his wrists.
Sheriff's officials say Williams is expected to make a full recovery.
Frazier is also named in the indictment as well two men Derick Gavin Ratcliff and Herman Willie Dent.
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IRAQ


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=iraq conflict


Has Iraq been testing chemical weapons on its prisoners?
The chief U-N weapons inspector says there's evidence of that.
Meanwhile, for a second strait day Iraq prevented an American led U-N weapons inspection team from working.
Randall Pinkston reports.
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SOT

10:00:00
IN Q=
SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;:00
SUPER=01-Scott Ritter/UN Inspection Team Leader; 1:03
SUPER=01-Randall Pinkston/Reporting; 1:17 (no SU)
RUNS=1:25
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, BAGHDAD.


baltimore-fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=fatal fire


Five people died today in a fire that swept through a Baltimore home this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD;


A 20- year- old mother, her young children and her sister were victims of the blaze.
At least four people escaped.
Fire officials are still investigating the cause, but neighbors say the family was using kerosene heaters because the house didn't have electricity.
The home also did not have a smoke detector.
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POPE


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=NOON
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=pope jp, II


For the first time under Fidel Castro's rule, Cuba has allowed the Roman Catholic Church to take to the airwaves.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Havana, Cuba;


Cardinal Ortega spoke live to the nation last night on state television, publicizing Pope John Paul's upcoming visit to Cuba.
Cuban leaders say the government's decision to allow the T-V appearance is a demonstration of its desire to make the Pope's first visit to Cuba a success.
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E-Route-114


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


Some local residents don't think the state transportation department's plans for Route 1-14 in Christiansburg go far enough.
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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.
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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.
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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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E-City-Schools


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=djo
TAPE#97-100
GRAPHIC=Rke City


The way Roanoke's school administration spends money is not on par with one city School Board member's standards.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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-Blacksburg


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


They're going all out in Blacksburg with a blast from the past.
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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.
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SOT
IN Q=Every monday

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


The Virginia Tech theatre arts department helped with the costumes.
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ne-weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=winter weather


Maine health officials say last week's ice storm has created an epidemic of
carbon monoxide poisonings. (----------------)
VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Maine;


At least 153 cases have been reported since people began using generators and kerosene heaters to stay warm.
More than 120-thousand families in Maine are still without power.
SUPER=03-Quebec;


And across the border in Canada it's the same story for HUNDREDS of thousands.
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AEP


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=NONE


The ice storms left numerous electrical problems in in the Northeast and eastern Canada. 2-shot
An ice storm is forecast to hit our area tonight and Terry McMahan, the Manager of A-E-P's Roanoke District office is here to talk about local preparations.
SUPER=01-Terry McMahan/AEP Roanoke District Manager;


Thank you for joining us this afternoon.

(Are there any things people can do now to help prevent problems?


What signs should people be looking for?
If there are problems, what should people do?)) WEATHER
SUPER=300-37/52/South 6mph/30.39f/68/1971/12/1969;
SUPER=301-35/54/Variable 6mph/30.41f/79/1932/-7/1912;

Forecasts
SUPER=X5000;
SUPER=330-Sleet &/Freezing Rain/27-30/Freezing Rain/Through Noon/32-35;
SUPER=331-Sleet &/Freezing Rain/28-32/Freezing Rain/Through Morning/34-36;
SUPER=332-Sleet &/Freezing Rain/28-32/Freezing Rain/Through Morning/30-35;
SUPER=333-Sleet &/Freezing Rain/26-29/Freezing Rain/Through Noon/30-34;
SUPER=334-Freezing Rain/Likely Late/30-33/Morning/Freezing Rain/32-35;
SUPER=X5001;



Express


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=net (edit of ICE-98)
GRAPHIC=Express/Wheeling


The Express is in first place in the division for the first time in three years after beating Wheeling 5-3 last night.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Nailers vs. Express;


The Nailers scored first, but one minute later Roanoke's Duane Harmer just misses the net, but Tim Christian cleans up the mess with his 10th goal.
SUPER=34-Roanoke/5/Wheeling/3;

In the second; the Express goes up 2-1 on Harmer's freak goal that goes in with a help from the Wheeling netminder.
Roanoke is now 21-10 and 3.
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Media


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#Edit
GRAPHIC=Media Tour


Cereal and old cars made their way into the first day of the NASCAR media tour in Charlotte.
Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller fill us in.
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SOT
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :07
SUPER=01-Johnny Benson/Driver Cheerios Ford; :20
SUPER=01-Steve Hmiel/Cheerios Ford Crew Chief; :29
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :44
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Driver Quality Care Ford; :58
SUPER=@Mike1; 1:15
RUNS=1:42
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
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Promo


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


You can now start each weekend day with the latest news, sports and weather. take Wknd Am Promo 9403essC
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Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden will have all the latest on News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7 Sunday Morning.
They'll also have some special features, such as Virginia Newsreel, taking a look back at this area's history.
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skiing-nuns


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=skiing


The singing nuns of Mount Saint Michael's are spreading the word on the ski slopes.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Spokane, WA;


The nuns took a number of their school children on a field trip in Spokane, Washington, yesterday.
All of the nuns ski in full habit, as an outward sign of their holy devotion.
The nuns plan to take their high schoolers on a ski trip next month, but only if the students are on their best behavior.
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