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Conrail will soon chug off into the sunset, as the government has given its approval to the ten billion dollar proposal to dismantle the railroad.
Scott Goldberg has more from Washington, DCTERMS.
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[7E-B'burg-Ax]


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More charges could follow in the aftermath of a fatal motorcycle accident in Blacksburg Sunday.
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21-year old Michael Dove died at the scene.
His 21-year old friend Michael Perry died later at a Roanoke hospital.
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Both men are from Blacksburg and were riding on the motorcycle when it crashed head-on into a truck.
The driver of the pick-up, 26-year old John Claude Love, was charged with driving under the influence and felony hit and run.
Police say more serious charges COULD be filed at a later date.
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((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF:THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING, WE'RE LOOKING FOR WITNESSES, ANALYZING THE VEHICLES, AND SO FORTH, TRYING TO FIND OUT WHY THE VEHICLES WAS NOT ON THEIR SIDE OF THE ROADWAYS. ))
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Two large crosses and several candles were placed at the accident scene.
Michael Perry was an active member of a Virginia Tech fraternity.
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[7E-Lee]


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One Roanoke police officer is still fighting civil charges in connection with an attempted arrest in 19-93.
Police managed to subdue 20- year old Eric Scott Lee, with what they call a "choke hold", but he died... of asphixiation.
The medical examiner has sided with Lee's family- -and against the police- -in a civil suit being heard this week in federal court.
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Officer J-M Donaldson is the only defendant in the case.
Claims against Sergeant R-L Hague and S-F O'Neill were dropped as the trial began... and the city is no longer accused of condoning a pattern of excessive force.
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There could be a verdict today or tomorrow.

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The biggest utility refund and rate reduction in Virginia history could become a reality.
Many Virginia Power customers may get a 50-dollar credit and a future rate reduction.
Attorney General Mark Earley announced the historic settlement with the utility company today.
It still needs State Corporation Commission approval.
The utility's monopoly status means strict government oversight.

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Turning now to your Tuesday forecast.. Showers likely today, with the possibility for some afternoon thunderstorms. Highs will only be in the 60's.
Rain will taper off tonight, with temperatures holding in the low- to mid-60's.
The extended outlook...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 6/10/98
Wednesday:

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[SUPER=130-8/Brian Cox/Radford]



[SUPER=130-7/Thomas Boulware/Danville]



[SUPER=130-29/Jennifer Anderson/Clifton Forge]



[SUPER=130-15/Ravin Yancy/Salem]



[SUPER=130-/Linda Barnett/Christiansburg]



[SUPER=130-5/Michael Hicks/Danville]



[SUPER=130-41/Charles Grubb/Lynchburg]



[SUPER=130-3/Brett Turner/Collinsville]



[SUPER=130-8/Christopher Smith/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-6/Coy Hypes/Roanoke]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=130-/53rd/Mr. 7 Mrs. A.P. Johnston/Pulaski]


*******NOTE TO BRIAN BRITT**************** The above mentioned couple's picture (Johnston) is the picture that Joel sink put into still/store - Joel stated that you would know which picture it was.

No Pictures:

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Anniversary:
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Federal railroad regulators have approved the ten billion dollar split of Conrail by C-S-X and Norfolk Southern.
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The Surface Transportation Board approved the joint takeover of Conrail yesterday.
Under the deal Norfolk Southern and C-S-X will split up the Philadelphia-based railroad, bringing competition to an area that's been served by one train.
An oversight panel will watch the railroad's progress for the next five years to make sure the takeover runs smoothly. For Virginia, the end of Conrail means almost 300 more jobs.
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[45E-B'burg-Ax]


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More charges are likely in the wake of a fatal motorcyle accident in Blacksburg.
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21-year old Michael Dove died at the scene.
His 21-year old friend Michael Perry died later at a Roanoke hospital.
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Both men were riding on the motorcycle Sunday when it crashed head-on into a truck.
The driver of the pick-up, 26-year old John Claude Love, was charged with driving under the influence and felony hit and run.
Police say more serious charges COULD be filed at a later date.
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((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF:THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING, WE'RE LOOKING FOR WITNESSES, ANALYZING THE VEHICLES, AND SO FORTH, TRYING TO FIND OUT WHY THE VEHICLES WAS NOT ON THEIR SIDE OF THE ROADWAYS. ))
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Two large crosses and several candles were placed at the accident scene.
Michael Perry was an active member of a Virginia Tech fraternity.
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[45S-Fisher]


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There has been a plea agreement in another fatal accident, this one was in Montgomery County.
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Yesterday Christopher Lee Fisher pleaded NO contest to driving under the influence and involuntary manslaughter.
Fisher was driving a pick-up truck that collided with a car last May in Elliston.
A seven-year old girl riding in the back of the truck was thrown onto the road and killed.
Fisher also pleaded no contest to possession of marijuana.
He could face eleven years in prison when sentenced in August.
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A mystery has been solved in Campbell County.
Authorities say a family that disappeared two weeks ago has return to their native India.
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42- year- old Jagjeet Singh (jag-JEET SING) and his wife ran this convenience store on Timberlake Road.
When they never returned from a Memorial Day trip, friends and neighbors began to worry.
The sheriff's department says the family booked tickets through an out- of- state travel agency and flew to India two weeks ago.
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Two hundred grade schoolers in Page County left school early yesterday when rumors spread that a student might go on a shooting spree.
Parents of the Stanley Elementary School students heard that a fifth-grader at the school had made such a threat.
But police in the Page County town say the boy showed up for class unarmed, and said he never made any threats.
The School superintendent says the boy received counseling and will stay home for a few days.





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Taking a look at your Tuesday forecast.. Look for rain throughout the day, with the chance for an afternoon thunderstorm. Highs stay in the 60's.
Showers ending tonight, with temperatures remaining steady in the 60's overnight.
Expect warmer temperatures as we move through the week...
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Brookville Middle School in Lynchburg will be releasing students early today due to a power outage.
School officials say a transformer blew at the school this morning.
Rescue crews are on the scene as a precaution but at this time the students are in no danger.
Again, that's Brookville Middle School, releasing students today at 12:15.

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More than a dozen people involved in a Roanoke drug ring pleaded guilty to various charges yesterday.
Fourteen people entered pleas in Roanoke's federal court.
Authorities say the heroin supplied by the group is responsible for three fatal overdoses since 19-96.
They point to a connection between the group's arrests and a rash of pharmacy break-ins shortly after as evidence that the heroin supply was cut off.

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The ten billion dollar split of Conrail by C-S-X and Norfolk Southern has been given the federal stamp of approval.

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Yesterday the Surface Transportation Board approved the joint takeover.
Under the deal Norfolk Southern and C-S-X will split up Conrail, bringing competition to an area that's been served by one train.
An oversight panel will watch the railroad's progress for the next five years to make sure the takeover runs smoothly.
For Virginia, the end of Conrail means almost 300 more jobs.
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An accused drunken driver who was involved in a fatal accident Sunday could be facing more charges.
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21-year old Michael Dove died at the scene.
His 21-year old friend Michael Perry died later at a Roanoke hospital.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Sunday;]


Both men are from Blacksburg and were riding on the motorcycle when it crashed head-on into a truck.
The driver of the pick-up, 26-year old John Claude Love, was charged with driving under the influence and felony hit and run.
Police say more serious charges COULD be filed at a later date.
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((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF:THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING, WE'RE LOOKING FOR WITNESSES, ANALYZING THE VEHICLES, AND SO FORTH, TRYING TO FIND OUT WHY THE VEHICLES WAS NOT ON THEIR SIDE OF THE ROADWAYS. ))
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Two large crosses and several candles were placed at the accident scene.
Michael Perry was an active member of a Virginia Tech fraternity.
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Fishburn Elementary school students met their reading goal, so that meant the school's prinicipal had to make good on a deal he made with the students.
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Not only did the students meet the goal of 19-thousand points, but they surpassed it, scoring more than 20-thousand points.
That painted a pretty picture for principal Tom Dunleavy...or rather he became a pretty picture once the students finished with him.
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((ZACHARY BENNETT/5TH GRADE; IT'S KIND OF HARD WITH THE ACCELARATED READINIG PROGRAM TO READ ALL THESE BOOKS AND GET POINTS AND ITS FUN AFTER YOU GET FINISHED TO BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING TO YOUR PRINCIPAL))
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((TOM DUNLEAVY/PRINCIPAL; EACH YEAR WE HAVE DONE SOMETHING AND I THINK ITS KIND OF EXCITING. EACH YEAR IT SEEMS TO GET A LITTLE MORE INTERESTING))
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Students won the right to paint their principal's fingernails, glue balloons to his body and put ribbons in his hair.
They say they're looking forward to next year's challenge.
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Turning now to weather.. A soggy forecast for much of the day today. Expect showers and even a thunderstorm this afternoon. Highs only reaching the mid-60's.
Rain ending tonight, with temperatures staying in the 60's.
The extended outlook is a bit warmer...
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