[Bus-Wreck]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-4]
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Witnesses say a Campbell County bus driver is lucky to be alive after she crashed head-on into a tree this morning.


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


It happened just before 8 on Route 615 south of Rustburg.
Authorities say Virginia Stevens had just dropped off a busload of students and was going to pick up more when her bus ran off the road and into a tree.
The impact splintered the front of the bus.. leaving Stevens pinned in her seat.
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[SOT 3:48:56]
[IN Q=I stopped]

((JIM WEISS/EYEWITNESS: I STOPPED, RUN OVER, SHE WAS BLEEDING REAL HEAVY FROM THE HEAD AREA UP THROUGH HERE. I PUT A COMPRESS ON IT, STARTED BENDING THE METAL BACK AWAY FROM HER, KEPT HER TALKING. HOW IN THE WORLD SHE EVER MADE IT OUT OF THAT THING ALIVE, I'LL NEVER KNOW.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Weiss/Eyewitness; :00]
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[OUT Q=I'll never know.]
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[VO-NAT]


Stevens was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital suffering from what were described as "minor" injuries.
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[Drowning-Update]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
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[TAPE#98-19]
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An autopsy is currently being performed on the body of a man found floating in the Roanoke River yesterday.
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[vo/nat]
[Super=03-Salem]


The Salem Rescue Squad recovered the body yesterday afternoon.
The victim's identity is not yet known... though he appeared to be a white male in his late 50's.
The invesitgation into his death is continuing.

(-------------)[Ramsey]



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It's been slow- going--
But authorities are taking another step to find the person who killed Jonbenet Ramsey.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Boulder, CO;]


Boulder's police chief wants a grand jury investigation.
That decision is up to the district attorney.
[super=@file;]


The grand jury would likely be able get information about the case that police haven't gotten so far.
Ramsey was found dead in her home in December, 1996.

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It's now just an aging stretch of asphalt, but the Roanoke Drag Strip still holds some high- octane memories for many who raced there.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Today the track is overgrown. The only noise comes from the construction of homes nearby.
But in the late fifties when the drag strip opened, it was a magnet for hotrodders and car buffs throughout the region.
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[SOT RODDY MOORE 14:50:32]
[IN Q=This drag strip]

((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE INSTITUTE: THIS DRAG STRIP IS PART OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA'S HISTORY. IT'S NOT SOMETHING PEOPLE USUALLY THINK OF AS REGIONAL HISTORY, BUT IT IS. IT WAS A PLACE. IT WAS A TIME. IT WAS AN EVENT. AND IT IS PART OF OUR HISTORY.))
[SUPER=01-Roddy Moore/Blue Ridge Institute;]
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[OUT Q=part of our history.]
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The Roanoke Drag Strip will be featured this weekend during the MDA Car Show at the Roanoke Civic Center... and(-------------) WE'LL have more on its history tonight on News 7 at five and six.