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Coming up on News 7-
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A runaway train crashes into another train in Lynchburg-
Tonight traffic is still affected.
Some Glasgow reisdents say this river is eating away at their property.
Plus remembering the victims in Jonesboro.
And we'll tell you how you can soon click on- to send something by U-S mail.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]


News 7 is next.[Newsbreak]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Good Evening.
A runaway freight train crashed into
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg;]

another train in Lynchburg starting a fire and forcing evacuations.
Traffic in the area is still tied up tonight.
[SUPER=03-Jonesboro, AR;]


A memorial tonight for the victims of last weeks school shootings.
President Clinton sent a taped message- telling the crowd all we can do is pray for peace and healing.
In Washington, some Senators want a ban on ammo clips with more than 10 rounds.
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((THESE WEAPONS ARE DESIGNED SO YOU DON'T REALLY NEED TO AIM YOU SPRAY ADN FIRE.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Diane Feinstein/(D) California;]
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[OUT Q=YOU SPRAY AND FIRE.]
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[ANCHOR=Jean]


Join us for News 7 at Eleven. [Train-Derailment]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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A runaway freight train rolled for three MILES before colliding with another train in downtown Lynchburg this morning.
The ensuing fire and smoke forced the evacuation of residents and school students, and continues to tie up traffic in the area.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=The smoke could]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gaynelle Hart/Witness; :16]
[SUPER=01-Brad Ferguson/Deputy Fire Chief; :36]
[SUPER=01-Susan Terpay/Norfolk Southern; :59]
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(( The smoke could be seen for miles.
A total of ten rail cars and three locomotives were derailed or damaged when the two trains collided near the Kemper Street station around 9:30 this morning.
Witnesses say the force of the crash sent boxcars fifty feet into the air.
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((GAYNELLE HART/EYEWITNESS: I WAS TALKING TO ... EVERY WHICH DIRECTION.)) [RUNS:08]
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One of the derailed cars was carrying the flammable liquid acetone, which burned for several hours.
Dozens of firefighters from around the city were kept busy containing the blaze..
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[SOT 14:13:36]
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((BRAD FERGUSON/DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF: WE'VE BEEN CYCLING OUR PEOPLE THROUGH.. FAIRLY REGULAR BASIS.)) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=regular basis.]


The heavy smoke from the fire also forced the evacuation of about a hundred nearby residents and the entire population of Dearington Elementary School which was sent up the street to E.C. Glass.
By mid afternoon, citizens could return, but cleanup and investigation will take some time.
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((SUSAN TERPAY/NORFOLK SOUTHERN: AT THIS TIME WE HAVE .. CAUSE MIGHT BE.)) [RUNS:06]
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[Standup]
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((While the investigation continues, a cleanup crew that specializes in train derailments has been called in to remove debris from the site. It could be a couple of days however before rail traffic is back to normal. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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Lynchburg police, meanwhile, hope to re-open the Fifth Street bridge to traffic by tomorrow morning.[GHB-folo]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[TAPE#=98-28 TC 6:34]
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The drug that sent a Bedford County boy into cardiac arrest yesterday is illegal, but you can still buy it on the Internet, in a kit advertised as a "science experiment".
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[VO-NAT]


The ingredients that make up G-H-B are legal.
The kits marketed on the World Wide Web make it easy to stir up a batch in your kitchen.
One website even offered step-by-step illustrated instructions.
The drug is promoted on-line as a harmless anti-depressant.
But a Roanoke Pharmacist says that's dead wrong.
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[SOT 09:59:56]
[IN Q=and what it]

(( GREGG MORROW/PHARMACIST; AND WHAT IT WILL DO IS CAUSE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE AS WELL AS YOUR HEART RATE AND YOUR RESPIRATION TO DECREASE AND EVEN TO THE POINT THAT YOU CAN HAVE DEATH OCCURR ))
[SUPER=01-Gregg Morrow/Pharmacist;]
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[OUT Q=death occur]
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One of the drug's ingredients, sodium hydroxide, is also used as drain cleaner, and if improperly mixed, can cause serious burns to the mouth and throat.
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[Young-Pimp]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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In Northern Virginia, a 13-year old boy is being tried on charges relating to a middle-school sex ring.
Prosecutors say the boy confessed to being a "pimp."
The seventh grader from Reston allegedly asked girls to pay ten dollars to join a sex club where they would get dates with 13-year old boys.
Prosecutors say the teen also approached boys in his class and told them he could arrange sex with as many as three girls at once.

[Jonesboro]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=JJA]
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People came out in Jonesboro, Arkansas to remember the victims of last week's school shooting.
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((..brooks..))
[OUT Q=brooks.]
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The names of all five victims were read aloud. It's been one week since the shootings at the Jonesboro middle school.
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((JANET RENO/ATTORNEY GENERAL: EACH REPRESENTS THE JOY AND THE WONDER OF LIFE ITSELF AND THEN THEY WALKED OUT OF SCHOOL AND INTO THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF AMERICA.))
[SUPER=01-Janet Reno/Attorney General;]
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[OUT Q=MINDS OF AMERICA.]
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President Clinton, who is in Africa, spoke on video tape to the crowd- saying all we can do is pray for peace and healing.
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[Gun-Control]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The Arkansas shootings are spurring new bills to ban the sale of some ammunition clips-
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((SEN. DIANE FEINSTEIN/D- CALIFORNIA: THIS IS A 90 ROUND DRUM CARRYING 90 BULLETS AND IT FITS VERY EASILY INTO THIS WEAPON AS YOU CAN SEE. NOW YOU'RE ARMED WITH 90 BUILLETS FAST AS YOU CAN TRIGGER.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Diane Feinstein/(D) California;]
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[OUT Q=TRIGGER.]
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Lawmakers say there's a loophole in the assault weapons ban- that still allows the sale of ammo clips, drums and barrels of more than ten bullets.
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((REP. JOSEPH KENNEDY/D- MASSACHUSETTS: THESE CLIPS ARE NOT USED TO HUNT SQUIRRELS OR MOOSE. THESE CLIPS ARE USED TO KILL HUMAN BEINGS.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Joseph Kennedy/(D) Massachusetts;]
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[OUT Q=kill human beings."]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Last Week;]


Arkansas authorities say of the two dozen rounds fired last week, 15 were from a single clip.
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[Tobacco-Bill]


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Virginia A-B-C agents have another tool to help enforce the law that prohibits tobacco sales to children.
Governor Jim Gilmore pushed for agents involvement in tobacco enforcement when he was attorney general.
Today, Gilmore signed a bill that would allow A-B-C agents to look at tax records to develop their own list of tobacco retailers across the state.

Gilmore fought efforts in the General Assembly to make it even easier, by licensing tobacco dealers.[DEQ-Conflict]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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An environmental watchdog group calls it a major conflict of interest.
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Governor Jim Gilmore's acting director of the state Department of Environmental Quality has spent the last two years as a lobbyist for the solid waste industry.
[SUPER=03-King and Queen Co.;]


D-E-Q is currently considering a landfill expansion permit for Dennis (Tracy's) Treacy's former employer, Browning-Ferris Industries.
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[SOT 57:33ish]
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((JIM SHARP/CAMPAIGN VIRGINIA: WE WONDER HOW MR. TREACY COULD LOBBY FOR BFI AND TURN AROUND AND WORK TO PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT IN VIRGINIA AND PRESERVE LANDFILL SPACE. THAT IS A MAJOR CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN OUR OPINION.))
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((DENNIS TREACY/ACTING DEQ DIRECTOR: I'M AWARE THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE GONNA BE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. AND WE'VE TAKEN IMMEDIATE ACTION. LAST WEEK-- I BELIEVE IT WAS LAST FRIDAY, I ISSUED A MEMORANDUM TO EVERY STAFF MEMBER OF DEQ FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM INDICATING THAT I WOULD NOT BE INTERESTED, NOR INVOLVED, NOR TO HAVE ANY ROLE IN ANYTHING TO DO WITH PERMITS OR ENFORCEMENT OR ANYTHING TO DO WITH BFI IN THE FUTURE.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Sharp/Campaign Virginia; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Treacy/Acting DEQ Director; :18]
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Treacy is currently only acting director of D-E-Q,
[SUPER=@file;]

while director Tom Hopkins is out on extended sick leave.
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Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey

[Tease1]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
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Coming up,
Paula Jones is now the one bringing up the possibility of postponing her case against the President.
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And
The natural process of erosion is turning into a problem for some Glasgow residents as the Maury River consumes their land.
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[clinton-Intern]


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Paula Jones says she's willing to postpone her sexual harrassment trial agianst the president- but with one condition.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file;]


Jones says she'll wait if she's allowed to use information on Monica Lewinsky.
Jones' lawyers were in court today asking a judge to overturn a ruling that bans information on Lewinksy from the Jones trial.
Earlier a judge banned the Lewinsky information while a grand jury investigates.
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[Abzug]


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She was called an original- the rapsy voiced woman who spoke out for womens rights in the 70s.
Bella Abzug died today at the age of 77.
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The Former New York Congresswoman was recognizable for her wide brim hats- and her outspoken voice.
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((THE RAPES, THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND WE ESPECIALLY ARE SERIOUSLY CONCERNED THAT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS ARE BEING TAKEN FROM THEM AND THE WHOLE AREA OF REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS.))
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Abzug was first elected to congress in 19-70 with the slogan THIS woman's place is in the house.
Abzug died of complications after heart surgery.
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[Fire-Season]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[TAPE#98-27 TC 11:43]
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If you plan to do some spring cleaning in your yard, listen up.
Burning of debris and trash is the number one cause of forest fires.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; ]


The Virginia Department of Forestry is on the lookout for potential fire hazards.
It's working with pilots and spotters who look for smoke from the air and then report the location of the fire to ground crews.
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((CHRIS THOMSEN/VA DEPT. OF FORESTRY: WE HAVE 2 SPOTTER PLANES THAT FLY. ONE FLIES UP THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS. THE OTHER FLIES THE PIEDMONT. AND THESE PLANES ARE NOT ONLY LOOKING FOR ESCAPED FIRES BUT THEY'RE ALSO LOOKING FOR PEOPLE BURNING BEFORE 4:00 VIOLATING THE BURN LAW.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Thomsen/Va. Deptartment of Forestry;]
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[OUT Q=violating the burn law.]
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[VO-NAT]


The months of March and April provide the prime conditions for brush and forest fires.
The temperatures are warm, the humidity is low, and the trees are dry.
For people who want to burn their yard debris, the Forestry Department suggests waiting until things get a little greener outside.
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Some Rockbridge County property owners have watched defenselessly for years as their land has been swallowed by a nearby river.
Residents are turning to state agencies, but so far a solution has eluded them.
David Johnson reports.
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[SUPER=01-Rockbridge Co.;]
[SUPER=01-Porter Echols/President Echols Farms, Inc. ;]
[SUPER=01-Maynard Reynolds/Rockbridge Co. Supervisor;]
[SUPER=01-Jim White/Lexington Resident Engineer;]
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(( This bridge crosses the Maury River.
The water continually eats away at the pasture land of property owners like Porter Echols.
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((PORTER ECHOLS/ECHOLS FARMS, INC. PRESIDENT; WE ESTIMATE OVER 15- YEARS OR SO THAT WE'VE PROBABLY LOST 10 ACRES OR MORE.)) [RUNS:04]
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The continuing deterioration is evidenced by these tree stumps and this gas line which indicate where the river banks once were. The Virginia Department of Transportation has plans to replace the bridge to support an increase in traffic.
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((MAYNARD REYNOLDS/ROCKBRIDGE CO. SUPERVISOR; WE NEED THE BRIDGE HERE IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY. WE HAVE THE LARGEST INDUSTRY IN THE COUNTY LOCATED HERE AND THE PRESENT BRIDGE THAT'S THERE IS IN BAD SHAPE.)) [RUNS:11]
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The Echols family says V-DOT has a vested interest in saving the land by preventing further damage.
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((IT SEEMS TO US THAT THAT'S THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN PROTECT THEIR APPROACHES TO THE BRIDGE IS TO STOP THE EROSION. OTHERWISE IT LOOKS LIKE THE PROPERTY IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO ERODE AND GET INTO THE NEW APPROACH.)) [RUNS:14]
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But V-DOT officials say they don't have any authority beyond the road project.
[SOT=18:32:21]

[IN STABILIZATION OF THE] ((JIM WHITE/VDOT RESIDENT ENGINEER; STABILIZATION OF THE RIVER BANKS IS NOT REALLY VDOT's RESPONSIBILITY. WE'VE INFORMED THE ARMY CORE OF ENGINEERS THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM THERE. THEY'VE RESPONDED BACK TO US THAT THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO DEAL WITH THAT WITH THEIR POLICIES NOW, SO.)) [RUNS:15]
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So for now it looks like the river will continue its natural course, encroaching upon people's property, unless another solution is found.

David Johnson, News 7.))[Road-money]


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Residents in Montgomery County are speaking out against the condition of Route 1-14, Pepper's Ferry Road in the wake of several fatal accidents on the road.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem;]

They say something needs to be done to ensure motorists' safety.
V-DOT has answered the call for improvement by reducing the speed limit and adding additional markings to the lines.
They also plan to add turning lanes in the near future.
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[SOT]

[11:34:42]
[IN Q=The more]

((FRED ALTIZER/VDOT DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR- THE MORE LONG RANGE SOLUTION IS OF COURSE GETTING THE SECTION INTO OUR SIX YEAR PLAN SO ENGINEERING WORK CAN BEGIN AND WE CAN REALLY LOOK AT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO IMPROVE THE WHOLE 5 MILES.))
[SUPER=01-Fred Altizer/VDOT District Admin.]
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The process of making long-term improvements will take several years- That's needed for engineering plans, and to find funding and resources to keep the project afloat.
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[Rocky-Mount]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Franklin County is making sure to include the Franklin Heights neighborhood in a land deal with Rocky Mount.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./File Tape;]


The county needs sewer lines along Route 40 East.
Rocky Mount will build and pay for them, for a price -- the town wants to annex the surrounding land.
That way, if the new sewer lines attracted businesses the town would share the profit.
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[ANCHOR=JEAN]
[SS=None]


In a letter today -- Franklin County officials say they will accept the town's terms, but ONLY if the Route 2-20 business area and the Franklin Heights neighborhood north of town also get new sewer lines.
Even if the two parties agree, it would probably be about two years before construction could start.

[Tease2]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


The weather may be nice, but a local horiculturist has some words of warning about early planting
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[VO-NAT]


And sending letters through the post office is going high tech.
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((POSTAGE WITHOUT LICKING OR STICKING, JUST CLICKING ))
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[OUT Q=JUST CLICKING.]
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[VO-NAT]


We'll have the story coming up on News 7 at 11.
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[New-Bug]


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If you've spotted the sleek, new Volkswagen Beetle rolling around Roanoke, chances are you saw a smiling face behind the wheel.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Demand for the new bug has been huge.
First Team auto mall says there's already a six-month waiting list.
Steven Oliver snatched up one of the first 30 bugs to arrive in Roanoke.
He said there's a big difference between this Beetle and the one he drove as a kid.
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[SOT 9:12:04]
[IN Q= the old style]

((STEVEN OLIVER/NEW BEETLE OWNER: THE OLD STYLE VWs, YOUR FEET WERE EITHER ON FIRE OR YOU WERE TOTALLY COLD BECAUSE OF THE HEAT IN THOSE THINGS. THIS HAS GOT FULLY INTEGRATED AC, HEAT, DOESN'T EVEN AFFECT THE POWER WHEN THE AC'S ON. IT'S REALLY NICE.))
[SUPER=01-Steven Oliver/New Beetle Owner;]
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[OUT Q=it's really nice]
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[VO-NAT]


There are a couple of other differences.
In this Beetle, the engine is in the front of the car, not the back.
And the 19-98 model costs around 16-thousand dollars.
The old one was less than two thousand.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
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[TAPE#98-29 TC 12:55]
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It's that time of year, when spring flowers begin to color the landscape.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


At the Virginia Tech horticulture garden a variety of perennials are already in full bloom for folks to enjoy.
But Horticulture professor Bob Lyons recommends waiting until May first before planting that popular group of flowers known as "annuals".
Those include-- impatients, zinnias and petunias.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=There's still]

((BOB LYONS/VT HORTICULTURE PROFESSOR:THERE'S STILL PLENTY OF TIME TO BE DANGEROUSLY COLD, SO EVEN IF YOU SEE THEM FOR SALE OUT AT THE MARKET PLACE, UNLESS YOU HAVE A PLACE TO STORE THEM SAFE, I WOULD HOLD OFF FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL, DON'T BUY AND PLANT UNTIL MAY FIRST, THAT'S GOING TO BE YOUR SAFE TIME TO DO IT. ))
[SUPER=01-Bob Lyons/VT Horticulture Professor; :00]
[RUNS=:15 approx.]
[OUT Q=to do it.]
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[VO-NAT]


Lyons also recommends waiting to allow the soil time to warm.
He says pansies are one group of annuals that are safe to plant.
Pansies actually thrive in cooler temperatures.
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[Forecasts]
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[SUPER=X5001;][S-Extra]



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[VO-NAT ENG#]


As the new major league season opened yesterday no one christend it better than the Cardinals Mark McGwire.
yesterday afternoon against the Dodgers he hit a grand slam to start the year and lead the Cards to a 6-to-nothing win over the Dodgers.
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=sma]
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The Express opened the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs with a win over Huntington 4-1. While the Express kept the enemy at bay; Steve Mason says Roanoke could have used some help from the Blizzard. (/////SOT/////)
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[IN Q=first]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Kelly Cup First Round Opener; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Peron/Scored Two Goals; :13]
[SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Stopped 33 of 34 Shots; :32]
[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :40]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :55]
[SUPER=34-Roanoke/4/Huntington/1; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Michael Smith/Express Defenseman; 1:22 ]
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(( Two un-sung heroes stepped up ad delivered. Travis Smith Notched just his third goal of the entire season and Mike Peron scored his 15th and 16th of the year. ((MIKE:))
While the Express outplayed Huntington; Frank Anzalone;s team still had on ice troubles. puddles former in patches that not even a visiting Blizzard could cool. ((DAVE:)) ((FRANK:)) ((STEVE:))
Luckily for the 2 thousand, 700 and 2 fans; the Express was just as hot. Dave Gagnon was a brick wall; turing away 33 of 34 shots. In front of him; Dave Stewart nd Michael Smith held Jim Birmingham; the leagues 7th leading sniper; scoreless. ((MICHAEL:))
Game two faces off friday night in Huntington on the Blizzard's home ice. At the Round House, Steve mason news 7 sports.))

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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-2]
[GRAPHIC=TIM FLOCK]


The NASCAR family lost of one of its early stars last night as two time Winston Cup champ Tim Flock died at his home after a brief battle with Liver and throat cancer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/January;:00]


Back in January, Flock was the life of the party at a Champions' dinner to commemorate the 50th anniversary of NASCAR.
Flock was named one of NASCAR's top 50 drivers and appeared to be in great health at the time.
But, in February he was diagnosed with the cancer.
He won the title in 1952 and 55. In 55 he won a record 19 poles.
He also ran 8 races with a monkey in his car.
Tim Flock was 73.

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[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE# SP-]
[GRAPHIC=Baltimore Orioles]


The major league baseball season opened today and pitching was the story in Baltimore.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/MLB-KCWB;]


Mike Mussina struck out 11 batters during his eight innings on the mound for the Orioles.
And Kansas City slinger, Tim Belcher, pitched seven shutout innings against Baltimore.
But K-C bats were too much, Dean Palmer's broken bat single drives in Jeff King and the Royals lead one-nothing
[SUPER=35-Kansas City/4/Baltimore/1;]


Kansas City goes on to win it 4-to-1. Jeff Montgomery gets the save for the Royals.
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[WIPE TO ENG#!!!!!!!!!]
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In Chicago, the White Sox erupted this afternoon against the Rangers thanks in part to Robin Ventura, who hit this two run homer in the fifth inning off John Burkett. Albert Belle scores and the Sox pound the Rangers 9 to 2.
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Traditional opening day festivities in Cincinnati and unfortunately for you Reds fans some sorry play.
Shortstop Pokey Reese has tied the major league record for most mistakes by a shortstop on opening day this afternoon with 4 errors. The Reds lose to the Padres 10 to 2.
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Still to come tonight, the Redskins's Gus Frerotte is involved in a little off the field controversy this evening.

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And we'll head to Blacksburg where the UVa and Tech women played two this afternoon on the softball diamond.

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The Univeristy of Virginia rolled into Blacksburg and swept a doubleheader from the Lady Hokies on the softball field this afternoon.
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The Lady Hokies came into the first game with an 18-and-14 mark but quickly fell behind the Lady Cavs.
We pick it up with Tech down 3-to-nothing, and the bases loaded. The Hokies' Crystal Armes hits a bouncer to third.
Michelle Meadows heads to the plate, but she is gunned down at home on the force.
However, the throw to first is high, and Ali Verbage scores on the error to cut the UVa lead to 3-to-1.
The Lady Cavs would build up some more cushion in the top of the seventh as Stacy Holmes sends a shot up the middle scoring Corrine Good from second. It's 4-to-1 UVa.
The Cavs would do it again in the 7th as Beth Crimi
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rips one to left field scoring Holmes. UVa beats Tech 5-to-1 in the opening game.
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Uva won the second game 6-to-2. Virginia now has 30 wins on the season. Tech has 18.

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Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte could find himself in court.
Frerotte faces a 324-thousand dollar lawsuit for allegedly breaking a contract.
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According to court documents, the Washington quarterback signed a contract in '96 with Deck-America.
Apparently Frerotte agreed to tape a T-V commercial, promotional video and make personal appearances.
In exchange the company built a 15-thousand dollar deck at Frerotte's home.
THe Q-B's attorney says the dispute was caused by scheduling problems and that Frerotte has already paid Deck-America the cost of the deck plus interest.
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And another college basketball coach is one the move.
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This afternoon, UNC Charlotte athletic director Judy Rose announced she has accepted the resignation of head coach Melvin Watkins.
After two successful years as the 49ers head coach, Watkins is heading to Texas A & M where he will earn a reported $(------------)550 thousand a season.