[7E-Boundary-Adjustment]

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[TAPE#98-78 16:10]
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Franklin County supervisors have given their go-ahead to make the town of Rocky Mount bigger.
Supervisors unanimously voted for the boundary adjustment last night.
If Rocky Mount signs the deal, residents could soon see a new movie theater plus a host of new restaurants.
Tina Tenret has more.
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[IN Q=Kroger plans]
[SUPER=01-Aaron Boyle/Developer; :11]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Angell/Franklin Co. Supervisor; :37]
[SUPER=@Tina2; :46]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County]

((Kroger plans to open a super-store on Route 40 East AND bring enough other stores to fill a shopping plaza.
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[SOT 19:32:44]
[IN Q=We are in]

((AARON BOYLE/DEVELOPER: WE ARE IN DISCUSSION WITH A MOVIE THEATER AND RESTAURANTS BOTH FREE STANDING RESTAURANTS AND RESTAURANTS TO BE LOCATED IN THE LEASABLE RETAIL SHOP.)) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=RETAIL SHOP]


What was holding up the deal was that Franklin County and Rocky Mount could not agree on a plan to provide sewer service.
So , Franklin County supervisors voted to give Rocky Mount about 70 acres along Route 40 East.
That way, the town gets tax revenue -- and a REASON to build sewer lines here.
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[SOT 19:36:03]
[IN Q=This area]

((WAYNE ANGELL/FRANKLIN CO. SUPERVISORS: THIS AREA IS AN AREA THAT NEEDS THOSE SERVICES. IT'S IN NEED OF THE URBAN TYPE SERVICES AND THE TOWN IS IN THE BEST POSITION TO PROVIDE THEM.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=TO PROVIDE THEM]


THIS boundary adjustment would NOT include Wal-mart, obviously a tax moneymaker.
But town and county officials say future talks could make Wal-mart, and other neighborhoods, also part of Rocky Mount.
Tina Tenret, News7, Franklin County.))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Rocky Mount officials say they will vote on this boundary adjustment this week.

[7E-Results]


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Another democrat will take over the 38th district State Senate seat vacated by Jack Reasor.
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Phillip Puckett won with 55 percent of the vote.
Republican Roger Rife had 40 percent and independent Jerry Ward came in with 5 percent.
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The district stretches from the Coalfields through Wythe and Bland Counties.
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Puckett says that's a lot of ground to cover in a 28-day campaign.
We caught up with him getting in a few last minute handshakes in Wytheville.
He says though his republican opponent spent a lot of money, personal contact makes the difference.
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[SOT 01:09:10]
[IN Q=the one thing]

((PHILLIP PUCKETT/ ; THE ONE THING I'VE LEARNED AS I'VE TRAVELLED ACROSS THE 38TH IS THERE'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR SITTING DOWN AND TALKING WITH THE VOTERS, YOU CAN SPEND ALL KINDS OF MONEY, YOU CAN GET ON TV, YOU CAN GET ON RADIO, YOU CAN PUT EVERYTING IN THE NEWSPAPER, THERE'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR TALKING TO PEOPLE))
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[7E-Special-Election]


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[VO-NAT]
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It was a fairly quiet day at the polls in Wythe County, where only 26-percent of the county's 14-thousand registered voters turned out to mark the ballot.
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((ROBBIE ALBERT/WYTHE CO. VOTER:I FEEL THAT EVERYONE SHOULD VOTE AND BE ABLE TO VOICE THEIR OPINION AND IF THEY DON'T VOTE THEY JUST MAY BE TOLD HOW THINGS IS GOING TO BE. NELLIE BAUSELL/WYTHE CO. VOTER:I ALWAYS VOTE...I THINK IT'S A DUTY AND A PRIVILEGE AS WELL. ))
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[SUPER=01-Nellie Bausell/Wythe Co. Voter; :08]
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In Bland County, voter turnout was also light, with 28-percent of the county's registered voters casting ballots.
The outcome of yesterday's election doesn't change the balance of power in the state Senate, which still has 21 republicans and 19 democrats.

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Taking a look now at your midweek forecast..
Morning clouds clear out, and make way to mostly sunny skies. Look for highs to range from the upper-50s to the low-60s.
And watch out tonight for the possibility of a few snow flurries. Lows will be in the mid-30s.
The extended forecast...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 12/17/98
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Anniversary:
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A jury has found a Martinsville woman guilty of killing another woman.
Denisha Wilson was convicted yesterday of involuntary manslaughter for the shooting death of Dee-Dee Oakes in May.
Wilson claimed she was attacked by Oakes and fired the gun in self-defense, but witnesses for the prosecution said Wilson was the aggressor.
The jury recommended a nine- year sentence.

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A man from Amherst could be looking at a life sentence for a Memorial Day shooting spree that began in an argument over horseshoes.
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[SUPER=03-Amherst Co./July]


29-year old Kenneth Eugene Branham killed one man and wounded two others.
He pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of involuntary manslaughter and malicious wounding.
Prosecutor Ed Meeks offered a plea bargain after deciding there was a good chance a jury might believe Branham's claim of self defense.
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[45E-Tobacco-Quotas]


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More bad news for state tobacco growers.
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The U-S Department of Agriculture announced late yesterday that farmers will have to cut back their flue-cured tobacco crop by 18-percent.
This cut is the result of a lower demand for tobacco from cigarette companies and the amount of crop that's left-over from this year.
Last year, farmers saw a 17-percent quota cut.
The president of a Southside growers association says farmers are the real victims of the national war on tobacco.
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((C.D. BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS OF TOBACCO: WE DON'T HAVE ANYWHERE ELSE TO TURN BUT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE STATE AND SEE IF THEY WON'T HELP US WITH THE SETTLEMENT MONEY THAT IS GOING TO COME FORWARD.))
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[OUT Q=to come forward.]
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[VO-NAT]


Bryant says states involved in the tobacco settlement need to use the money they receive to compensate growers for their losses.
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[45E-Airport-Drill]


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It may never happen, but Danville police and fire personnel want to be prepared in the event of a major plane crash.

Yesterday, local emergency crews tested their skills with a simulated air disaster.
Christy Hubley reports.
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[SUPER=01-Marc Adelman/Danville Transportation Services; :16]
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((
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((WE HAVE AN AIRPLANE CRASH. RUNWAY NUMBER 6.)) [RUNS:04]
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It doesn't look much like a plane crash...but this city bus filled with smoke serves an important purpose.
It represents the wreckage of a downed plane and these volunteers act as crash victims.
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[IN Q=The purpose of this]

((MARC ADELMAN/DANVILLE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES: THE PURPOSE OF THIS DRILL IS FIRST OF ALL TO IMPROVE AND MAINTAIN OUR READINESS IN CASE OF AN AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT THAT MAY OCCUR HERE AT THE AIRPORT. WE ALSO MAINTAIN A FULL OPERATING CERTIFICATE WITH THE F-A-A WHICH REQUIRES US TO COMPLETE THIS DRILL EVERY THREE YEARS.)) [RUNS:16]
[OUT Q=every three years.]
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The first fire crews arrive on the runway and assess the situation.
Victims with the most serious injuries get treated first.
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[SOT 6:13:07-:10]

((ADVISING THE HOSPITAL WE HAVE FOUR WALKING WOUNDED.)) [RUNS:03]
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This drill is a small one.
A real plane crash would require most of the city's emergency personnel. And while the drill went smoothly, there is room for improvement.
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[SOT 6:38:09-:18]
[IN Q=The communication seems to]

((B.G. LEWIS/DANVILLE FIRE CHIEF: THE COMMUNICATION SEEMS TO ALWAYS BE THE PROBLEM THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE MAKING SURE EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT THE OTHER PERSON'S DOING AND IS EVERYBODY DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO BE DOING.)) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=need to be doing.]


And there's no room for a breakdown in communication when real lives are on the line.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))

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Taking a look at your mid-week forecast..
After some morning clouds, expect mostly sunny skies today, with mild afternoon temperatures near 60.
A cold front could create some snow flurries overnight, with lows in the mid 30s.
The extended forecast becomes cooler, with highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s.
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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;][8E-Results]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-76 28:28]
[GRAPHIC=Special Election]


The 38th district State Senate Seat will REMAIN democratic after yesterday's election to fill the vacancy left by Jack Reasor.
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[take ESS 100-- Results]
Phillip Puckett won with 55 percent of the vote, followed by Republican Roger Rife with 40 percent and independent Jerry Ward with 5 percent.
(XXXXXXXXXXX)

[Take Gfx map]
The district stretches from the Coalfields through Wythe and Bland Counties.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wytheville;]


Puckett says that's a lot of ground to cover in a 28-day campaign.
We caught up with him getting in a few last minute handshakes in Wytheville.
He says though his republican opponent spent a lot of money, personal contact makes the difference.
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[SOT 01:09:10]
[IN Q=the one thing]

((PHILLIP PUCKETT/ ; THE ONE THING I'VE LEARNED AS I'VE TRAVELLED ACROSS THE 38TH IS THERE'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR SITTING DOWN AND TALKING WITH THE VOTERS, YOU CAN SPEND ALL KINDS OF MONEY, YOU CAN GET ON TV, YOU CAN GET ON RADIO, YOU CAN PUT EVERYTING IN THE NEWSPAPER, THERE'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR TALKING TO PEOPLE))
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The results of yesterday's election do not change the balance of power in the Senate, which still stands at 21 Republicans and 19 Democrats.


[8E-Boundary-Adjustment]


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[TAPE#98-78 16:10]
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[****Anchor Tag****]
Last night, the Franklin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to expand the boundaries of Rocky Mount.
If the town signs the deal, new restaurants and other businesses might re- locate there.
Tina Tenret reports.
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[IN Q=Kroger plans]
[SUPER=01-Aaron Boyle/Developer; :11]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Angell/Franklin Co. Supervisor; :37]
[SUPER=@Tina2; :46]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County]

((Kroger plans to open a super-store on Route 40 East AND bring enough other stores to fill a shopping plaza.
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[SOT 19:32:44]
[IN Q=We are in]

((AARON BOYLE/DEVELOPER: WE ARE IN DISCUSSION WITH A MOVIE THEATER AND RESTAURANTS BOTH FREE STANDING RESTAURANTS AND RESTAURANTS TO BE LOCATED IN THE LEASABLE RETAIL SHOP.)) [RUNS:09]
[OUT Q=RETAIL SHOP]


What was holding up the deal was that Franklin County and Rocky Mount could not agree on a plan to provide sewer service.
So , Franklin County supervisors voted to give Rocky Mount about 70 acres along Route 40 East.
That way, the town gets tax revenue -- and a REASON to build sewer lines here.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 19:36:03]
[IN Q=This area]

((WAYNE ANGELL/FRANKLIN CO. SUPERVISORS: THIS AREA IS AN AREA THAT NEEDS THOSE SERVICES. IT'S IN NEED OF THE URBAN TYPE SERVICES AND THE TOWN IS IN THE BEST POSITION TO PROVIDE THEM.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=TO PROVIDE THEM]


THIS boundary adjustment would NOT include Wal-mart, obviously a tax moneymaker.
But town and county officials say future talks could make Wal-mart, and other neighborhoods, also part of Rocky Mount.
Tina Tenret, News7, Franklin County.))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


Rocky Mount officials say they will vote on the boundary adjustment this week.

[8E-Police-Christmas]


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Police in the New River Valley shared the spirit of giving with DOZENS of needy children yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


The New River Valley Fraternal Order of Police organized a party.
It was held at the group's lodge yesterday evening for more than 60 low- income children.
The kids each got a present and Wades Supermarket supplied dinner.
The F-O-P hired a company that solicited the money to buy the gifts from folks who were contacted by phone.
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[SUPER=01-Michelle Lindsey/Parent; :07 quick!]
[SUPER=01-Frank Duffy/Lodge 21 President; :14 quick!]
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The tradition began in 1991.
Members also donated 350- dollars each to five needy families in the New River Valley.
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Taking a break from the news to check weather--
Morning cloudiness will give way to mostly sunny skies today, with highs near 60.
Turning partly cloudy tonight, with the chance of some snow flurries.
Lows falling into the mid 30s.
As for the next few days, expect some cloudiness tomorrow, with cooler highs in the 40s.
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