[Car-Ax]

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An early morning pile-up on the Blue Ridge Parkway sent two people to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :]


Two cars collided at the intersection of route 24 and the parkway around 7:30 this morning.
The driver of this car, Francis Wilmorth had to be extricated from her vehicle.
She was conscious but suffering chest pain at the scene of the accident.
The driver of the other car, Tom Agee (age-eee) was taken to the hospital with a broken heel.
Rescue crews from both Vinton and Stewartsville responded to the accident.

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An Amtrak train bound from Chicago to New York has crashed near Pittsburgh.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Conway, PA;]

[11:30 UPDATE WINDOW]
The passenger train slammed into cars from a Conrail freight train that had derailed on a nearby track.
Railroad officials say 17 people suffered minor injuries.
A Conrail spokesman says it's not clear why the freight cars jumped the tracks.
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[Late-Term-Abortion]


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At this hour Governor Gilmore is signing a bill that would ban one type of late-term abortion in Virginia.
But the American Civil Liberties Union says it will challenge the ban in court.
Nineteen states have similar laws -- but courts have blocked enforcement in ten states, and the laws in others are under attack.
The A-C-L-U contends that the law is so vague it would require doctors to consult a lawyer when they attempt to perform abortions.

[Bank-Merger]


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It's a feeding frenzy.
That's how experts in the banking industry are describing a continuing wave of bank mergers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC;]


Today's news comes from Charlotte, where NationsBank announced it is merging with BankAmerica.
That deal is worth an estimated 60-billion dollars, which would make NationsBank the biggest bank in the country.
It's the latest in a series of mergers, as banks race to become bigger and stronger.
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[SOT 10 40 35]
[IN Q=it's wild]

((JOHN CLARKE/CATAWBA CAPITAL: IT'S WILD. JUST IMAGINE TAKING SOME RAW MEAT AND THROWING IT IN A PLACE WHERE ALLIGATORS ARE. AND THEY'RE JUST SWARMING AND FEEDING.))
[SUPER=01-John Clarke/Catawba Capital;]
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[VO-NAT]


Also today, the Federal Reserve Board is set to rule on First Union's latest acquisition.
The bank is in the process of buying out Philadelphia-based CoreStates Financial.
If the Fed approves the deal, First Union will be the biggest bank on the East Coast.
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A man who was burned trying to save his neighbors from a fire in Roanoke Saturday night is recovering, with burns over 25 percent of his body.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Saturday;]


The fire broke out in the upstairs hallway of an apartment building at the corner of Ninth and Morehead.
John Watson discovered the fire, and went to alert the tenants across the hall.
When he kicked their door open, a rush of air caused the fire in the hallway to explode.
Watson ran into the street in flames. He was flown to the UVA burn center.
Watson's neighbors weren't home, and no one else was hurt in the fire.
Investigators say the cause of the fire was a candle burning next to a propane grill in the hallway.

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Friday's historic agreement on Northern Ireland has inspired another gesture of peace.
A protestant Marching group today decided not to parade through a Catholic section of Belfast.
Allen Pizzey has more.
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[9:00:39]
[IN Q=The first test of the]
[SUPER=03-Belfast; :00]
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[SUPER=01-Gerry Adams/Sinn Fein President; :59]
[super=01-Allen Pizzey/Reporting; 1:30]
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[OUT Q=cbs news, London.]

(( The first test of the hopes for peace passed off this morning with flying colours. A march by Protestants known as "apprentice boys" did a U-turn just before it was to pass through a Catholic neighbourhood.
The Protestants didn't like it...but the fact that the marchers...who are generally seen as hard liners didn't press for what they call their rights was taken as a sign that the peace deal has a chance.

MOS SOT Policeman (no ID available)

" Everybody is very conscious of the tension and the concerns in the area and some organisations have addressed that in a very positive way, these tensions, it's greatly appreciated."

(File tape march/leaflet)

vo: In previous years the police and army have been called in to seal Catholics in their homes so the Protestant marchers could have their day. Everyone will get their say next month in a referendum on whether to accept the agreement. Copies of the accord will be distributed to every household in Northern Ireland.

(weekend rally)

vo: At a weekend rally to commemorate a Catholic uprising against British rule in 1916...supporters of Sinn Fein...the political wing of the IRA...were encouraged to back the deal.
Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein President: "Accept responsibility to assess this document. Each and every one of you to consider it, not through a Unionist filter, or through an exaggerated hype."

(rally)

vo: The document...Adams told his supporters...advances their cause...even though it does not achieve the ultimate aim of splitting the province off from Britain. The plan is aimed at ending thirty years of sectarian violence in northern Ireland by establishing formal political links between the British province and the Republic of Ireland
o/c: There are high hopes that President Clinton will visit Northern Ireland as part of a trip here in mid-May for an economic summit. The peace deal...everyone recognises...is far from perfect...and needs all the help it can get.
A...P...CBS News, London.))

[WIPE/WIPE/WIPE][POPE]


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[SUPER=03-Castelgandolfo, Italy;]

[7:06;58]
That sentiment was echoed by the Pope today in an Easter message delivered from his summer home in the hills outside of Rome.
Pope John Paul the Second thanked God for the Ireland peace pact but said the the agreement needs ``responsible and concrete gestures'' to make it a success.
The pontiff added the agreement ``allows those so dear and so long afflicted to look toward the future with greater trust.''
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[wipe wipe wipe][wailing-wall]


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[SUPER=03-Jerusalem, Israel;]

[7:10:03]
In Jerusalem, thousands of Orthodox Jews arrived on Monday at the Wailing Wall for the traditional holiday prayer and blessing.
Nearby, a group from the right wing movement tried to force their way into the Moslem's Temple, saying that the Temple Moung belonged to the Jews.
The supporters scuffled with Israeli policemen who eventually let them walk to the entrance.
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[Shooting-L'burg]


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Two men are in the hospital following separate weekend shootings in Lynchburg.
According to Lynchburg police, Philip Eubanks was shot around twelve o'clock Saturday afternoon near the corner of Grace and Tyree Streets.
He is currently listed in stable condition.
Authorities have charged Norman Goode with malicious wounding in connection with the incident.
And another man who was shot in Lynchburg Saturday remains in critical condition.
Jesse Alvin Gray was shot in the chest on Pinehurst Street around 2 p-m.
Police have not made an arrest in Gray's shooting.

[TOBACCO]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
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[GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire]
Despite the collapse of the tobacco settlement last week, a warehouse in Minnesota containing millions of pages of s

ecret tobacco company documents opens to the public today.
In Washington, the Clinton Administration and members of congress are pledging to pass anti-tobacco legislation by the end of the year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[4:30:01 ]
Yesterday, Senator John McCain defended efforts to move ahead on legislation without the tobacco industry's support saying cigarette makers no longer have veto power.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((SEN. JOHN MCCAIN R-AZ/FROM "FACE THE NATION" "WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR EFFORTS DEVOTED TO OUR PRIMARY GOAL AND THAT IS THAT 3000 KIDS START SMOKING EVERY DAY..A THOUSAND OF THEM WILL DIE EARLY AS A RESULT OF TOBACCO RELATED ILLNESS." ))
[SUPER=01-Sen. John McCain/(R)Arizona;]
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[OUT Q=tobacco related illness.]
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[VO-NAT]


Tobacco industry leaders say they'll fight through lobbying and the courts.
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[UN-World-Court]


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Lawyers are trying to stop tomorrow's execution of a paraguayan man.
The attorneys for Angel Breard say when he was arrested Virginia authorities failed to tell Breard that he had a right to contact Paraguayan embassy officials.
Justice Department lawyers are expected to provide answers today on a treaty question raised by the Supreme Court.
The United Nations' World Court also wants the exeuction delayed while it considers Breard's case.
Breard was convicted of the 1992 attempted rape and murder of an Arlington woman.

[Mental-Health]


[ANCHOR=mel]
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[WRITER=chr]
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For eight years, the Justice Department has been looking into problems in Virginia's mental health system.
And a recent string of deaths at some facilities has state officials scrambling to restore the public's confidence.

One patient died in restraints at Central State Hospital in Petersburg in June 1996, and two died at Western State Hospital in Staunton in the past two years.
State Health and Human Resources Secretary Claude Allen has vowed to give more independence to agencies responsible for protecting patient rights.

[Traditional-Easter]


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Easter tradition was carried out at Natural Bridge yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Natural Bridge;]


Despite cool temperature more than 12-hundred attended yesterday's Sunrise Service.
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[SOT=06:21:43]
[IN Q=THIS MAKES OUR]

((J.T. BURNETTE/BEDFORD RESIDENT; THIS MAKES OUR THIRD TIME. WE CAME 37 YEARS AGO BEFORE WE GOT MARRIED. WE DECIDED TO COME BACK THIS MORNING. WE JUST ENJOY COMING. IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.))
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[OUT Q=beautiful place.]


Yesterday's crowd was one of the largest in recent times.
The event usually lasts about an hour or so.
But Natural Bridge officials indicate it may be extended.
[SOT=08:55:14]
[IN Q=I THINK WE]

((PARKER; I THINK WE MAY TRY TO TURN THE EASTER SUNRISE SERVICES INTO AN ALL DAY EVENT. MAYBE DO AN EASTER EGG HUNT FOR THE KIDS AND SOME THINGS SURROUNDING THE BRUNCH.))
[SUPER=01-Dave Parker/Marketing Director;]
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[OUT Q=THE BRUNCH.]
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[VO-NAT]


Parker didn't say when the additional events would take place.
The present tradition has been conducted for the past 52 years and includes spiritual music, prayer and a nationally-known guest speaker.

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(( ARE YOUR READY KIDS, ARE YOU READY. I'M GOING TO COUNT TO THREE, 1, 2, 3. ))
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[OUT Q=1, 2, 3 (WHISTLE BLOWS)]
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[VO-NAT]


With a blow from a whistle President Clinton kicked off an Easter Monday tradition dating back to 18-79.
Hundreds of children set off to work, rolling brightly colored eggs down the South Lawn of the White House. Kids who couldn't make it to this year's Easter Egg roll can still participate thanks to the Internet.
If you want to see the Egg roll cybercast just log on to the the WDB-J home page, at www.wdbj7.com.
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[Common-Sense]


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Crisis for the Asian economy could be good news for some American investors... at least according to one economist.


Scott Goldberg explains in this week's Common Sense.
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If you follow financial news at all, you've heard about the Asian Crisis.
And you've probably heard predictions that tough times in will soon slow down the American economy.
First Union economist David Orr sees it another way.
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[SOT 12 09 10]

[DAVID ORR TAPE]
[IN Q=the impact]

((DAVID ORR/FIRST UNION ECONOMIST: THE IMPACT OF ASIA SO FAR HAS BEEN THAT GASOLINE PRICES HAVE DECLINED ABOUT 20 CENTS A GALLON AND MORTGAGE RATES HAVE COME DOWN ABOUT A PERCENTAGE POINT. SO INSTEAD OF HAVING A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE US ECONOMY, IT'S ACTUALLY HAD AN AMAZING POSITIVE IMPACT. I MEAN WHEN YOU GO AROUND AND TALK TO THE AVERAGE PERSON, AND YOU TELL THEM GAS IS UNDER A BUCK A GALLON AND THE MORTGAGE RATE IS UNDER 7 PERCENT, THAT'S GOOD TIMES. THAT'S NOT BAD TIMES.)) [RUNS:26]
[OUT Q=not bad times]


((Orr said a very small sector of the American economy might take a hit.
But for the most part, he said our economy is so strong, it's carrying the rest of the world on its shoulders.
That's this week's Common Sense.


I'm Scott Goldberg.))[Avalanche]


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The Salem Avalanche hosted the Warthogs of Winston Salem yesterday for game three of a four game set.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Warthogs; :00]


The Easter bunny handing out easter eggs to the crowd at the Stadium.
The Warthogs led 3 to nothing in the first but Warthog pitcher Joe Farley throws a wild pitch Juan Sosa scores from third to make it 3 to 1 Hogs.
Salem would score in the third but the Warthogs come back as Jason Dellaero sends this pitch over the right field wall for a two run homer to make it 5 to 2 Winston Salem.
The Avalanche asnwered when Mark Hamlin singles
[SUPER=37-Salem/3/Winston Salem/8/;]

scoring Clint Black to make 5 to 3 and Winston Salem goes on to win it 8 to 3.

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It was the 3rd straight win for Baltimore's Scott Erickson yesterday afternoon as the Orioles took down Detroit 6 to 3.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/FOX SPORTS; :]


The Orioles would get a run back when Rafael Palmeiro sends this shot into the upper deck in right field for a solo homer to make it 3 to 1 Detroit.
The Tigers come back in the fourth Damion Easley gets this pitch high in the air it drifts over the centerfield wall and Detroit led 4 to 1.
But the Orioles took the lead in the fifth Harold
[SUPER=35-Baltimore/6/Detroit/3/;]

Banes hits this high fly to center Bobby Higginson lets it get over his head two runs score and the Orioles win it 6 to 3.

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Ryan Klesko homered and doubled in a run as Atlanta beat Philadelphia 3 to 2.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/TBS; :00]


A bunny and chicken celebrating Easter at Veterans stadium.
The Braves would take the lead in the fifth. Andres Galarraga hits this line drive to center field scoring Walt Weiss to make it 2 to 1 Atlanta.
Then in the eighth, Klesko gets all of this pitch sending it over the left field wall for a solo homer and the Braves led the Phillies 3 to 1.
Relief pitcher Mark Wohlers works the ninth
[SUPER=35-Atlanta/3/Philadelphia/2/;]

striking out Kevin Sefick to end the game Braves win it 3 to 2.
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[Masters]


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What a way to start... Mark O'Meara took home his first major win yesterday by capturing the Masters.
He birdied the final two holes to win the crown by one shot.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Augusta, GA/CBS SPORTS; :00]


Jack Nicklaus gave the crowd something to cheer about as he tapped in at 18. Nicklaus shot a final round 68 and he becomes the oldest player ever to finish at 5 under par.
Fred Couples who led through all four rounds double bogeyed 13 but got back in the hunt with an eagle at 15 he would finish at 8 under tied with David Duval.
But O'Meara birdied 17 and hit this 20 footer at 18 shooting 67 and finishing the tournament at 9 under par.
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
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Paul Azinger finished at 6 under and defending champion Tiger Woods at 3 under par.[largest-pie]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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A brave team of battling Britons has taken a world record back from the Americans.
Students cooked up the world's largest meat pie.
What flavor you ask?
Steak and Kidney pie, of course.
The British pie pushes the 10- ton U-S made chicken pie.. into second place.
David Foster has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Derek Andrews/Meat & Livestock Commission; :20]
[SUPER=01-Alan Deegan/Chef; :46]
[SUPER=01-Eddie Large/Taster; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-David Foster/Reporting; 1:22]

[OUT Q=David Foster Sky News, Clevedon.][RUNS=1:33]