[7Motel-Robbery]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

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[GRAPHIC=Armed Robbery]


A violent holdup at a Fort Chiswell motel has authorities searching for a caucasian couple.
Police say the two were armed with a semi-automatic shotgun... and pepper sprayed a desk clerk while robbing the Comfort Inn near exit 80 on Interstate 81.
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One suspect is described as a white man in his mid-thirties. He stands 6 feet tall and is thin with short hair, a moustache, and a receding hairline.
He was wearing a green hooded parka with a black stripe across the chest.
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The female suspect is described as a white woman in her early to mid-thirties.
She's about 5-feet-5 inches tall with a small build and has blond hair, cut just above the shoulder.
She was wearing a black zip-up sweater
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[7Radford-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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No one was injured when fire broke out at a Radford business.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford/Last Night;]


The fire began just before eleven last night at Dean's Body Shop.
When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting out of the building.
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[IN Q=The Radford City 14:13]

((THE RADFORD CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT IS DOING A SUPER JOB. I THINK THEY'RE ALL DOING A SUPER JOB. THEY SAVED ALL THE VEHICLES AND THANK THE GOOD LORD EVERYBODY'S SAFE AND WE DIDN'T LOSE ANY MORE THAN WE DID.))
[SUPER=01-Dean Young/Body Shop Owner]
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[OUT Q=than we did.]
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[VO-NAT]


The body shop has been in business for 17-years.
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[7E-Speed-Crackdown]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=jda]
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[GRAPHIC=81 Crackdown]


Speeders got another taste of law enforcement on Interstate 81.
State troopers were out in full force yesterday-- a follow-up to February's crackdown.
Joe Dashiell reports.
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[IN Q=State Police say]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Trooper Michael Keen/State Police; :11]
[SUPER=01-Sally Winter/Driver; :34]
[SUPER=01-Ada Summers/Driver; 42]
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[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke County]


((State Police say they won't be surprised if their latest effort finds fewer violations.
Since troopers handed out 17- hundred tickets in one day last month... they've noticed a change.
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[IN Q=I was down in court this morning]

((TROOPER MICHAEL KEEN: I WAS DOWN IN COURT THIS MORNING AS A MATTER OF FACT, AND A LADY TOLD ME SHE FELT MORE COMFORTABLE NOW TRAVELLING ON THE INTERSTATE, WHERE BEFORE SHE WAS USING ALTERNATE ROUTES.)) [RUNS 09]
[OUT Q=using alternate routes.]


There were no news conferences this time, no warning signs along the interstate.
But the CB radio was buzzing with word of the latest crackdown. One trucker counted 14 troopers within 85 miles.
Other drivers say they approve.
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[IN Q=You know I would be]

((SALLY WINTER: YOU KNOW I WOULD BE GOING 70 AND PEOPLE WOULD BE PASSING ME LIKE I WAS STANDING STILL, SO IT'S A GOOD THING.)) ((ADA SUMMERS: I THINK IT'S GREAT BECAUSE UP THROUGH HERE ON THE INTERCHANGE ON 81 COMING FROM ROANOKE, YOU SEE A LOT OF ACCIDENTS.)) [RUNS 14]
[OUT Q=you see a lot of accidents.]


Meanwhile, the state police say they are eager to see how the latest numbers compare with their February enforcement.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))

[7S-VF-Apparel]


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[GRAPHIC=New Jobs]


One apparel company is going against the current trends by hiring new workers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Union representatives negotiated a new contract with Danville's Healthtex factory -- which is owned by V-F Playwear.

It's now approved, and with it comes a company promise to hire 75-NEW workers.
The new hires will cut and embroider fabric to make children's clothes.
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[45E-Star-City]


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[WRITER=vga]
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[GRAPHIC=Diner Closes for Good]


The last meal has been served at the Star City Diner.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Diner failed several health inspections-- even after owner Spanky Macher hired an exterminator to take care of its roach problem.
Yesterday, at a hearing with health inspectors, Macher's attorney withdrew an appeal that may have permitted the diner to keep it's food permit.
Macher says after months of scrutiny by the health department, it's time to close the Star City Diner for good.
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[IN Q=It got to a point]

((SPANKY MACHER/STAR CITY DINER OWNER: IT GOT TO A POINT WHERE THEY HAD IT IN FOR US. THEY KNOW WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO. THEY HAD IT IN MIND THAT THEY WERE GOING TO CLOSE US AT ALL COSTS. IT DON'T THINK THERE WAS ANY WAY OUT OF IT. AND I DON'T THINK SOMEBODY LIKE ME CAN BEAT THE BUREAUCRATIC SYSTEM. ))
[SUPER=01-Spanky Macher/Star City Diner Owner]
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[OUT Q=beat the bureaucratic system.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Roanoke health officials say it's the first time in twelve years they've initiated a hearing to revoke a restaurant's food license.
Macher owns or manages 20 other restaurants.

[45E-Appox-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=ssm]
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[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Two suspects in an Appomattox murder remain behind bars this morning, following a court appearance yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Appomattox]


Police aren't sure why Sandra Ann Olivarri and William Curtis Tidwell allegedly killed Olivarri's husband Nick last September.
Nick Olivarri's sister says she suspected the two from the very beginning.
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[IN Q=She is a]

((DEBBIE DRINKARD/VICTIM'S SISTER: SHE IS A VERY GOOD CON ARTIST. SHE IS A CONVICTED FELON. NOT WHEN SHE CAN COME TO MY MOTHER'S HOUSE AND FACE ALL OF US AND SAY THAT SHE DID NOT KILL MY BROTHER.))
[SUPER=01-Debbie Drinkard/Victim's Sister; :00]
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[OUT Q=kill my brother.]
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[VO-NAT]


Police believe Sandra Olivarri fired the shots that killed her husband.
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[45E-KKK]


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[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=98-79 1:52:03]
[GRAPHIC=KKK Virginia]


Richmond could be the site for a national K-K-K rally.
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[VO-NAT]


But national director Thomas Robb tells News7 that a rally is doubtful-- he says he can reach more people through the Klan's Internet web site.
The site has a section where visitors can vote for rally locations-- including Richmond.
Robb won't say how many votes Richmond's gotten.
[SUPER=03-Kalamazoo, MI/June 1998;]


He says bussing K-K-K members in for a rally last year in Michigan cost the organization more than two thousand dollars, while the City of Kalamazoo was forced to spend about a hundred thousand dollars on security.
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[45E-Cat-Vaccine]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-81 1:34:43]
[GRAPHIC=Cat Birth Control]


Virginia Tech scientists are reporting success with the invention of an oral contraceptive for stray cats.
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[VO-NAT]


They say wild cats spread disease, kill songbirds and multiply beyond control.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


So they're developing an edible vaccine that could be mixed with bait as a permanent cat contraceptive.
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[SOT 12:12:34]
[IN Q=Well right now]

((WELL RIGHT NOW WE HAVE NO WAY OF CONTROLLING THE FERAL CAT POPULATION SHORT OF TRAPPING THE ANIMALS AND UNFORTUNATELY MILLIONS OF THESE CATS ARE EUTHANIZED EVERY YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Beverly Purswell/Veterinarian; QUICK!!!]
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[OUT Q=every year]
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[VO-NAT]


Scientists have fed an experimental dose to these female cats.
So far their immune system IS developing the necessary antibody against their own eggs.
But the Tech team says it will be years before the kitty contraceptive is ready for market.
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[8Motel-Robbery]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Armed Robbery]


A manhunt is on for a couple armed with a semi-automatic shotgun, who pepper- sprayed a desk clerk while holding up a Comfort Inn in Fort Chiswell.
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[TAKE PINNACLE 1 FULL]
One suspect is described as a white man in his mid-thirties. He stands 6 feet tall and is thin with short hair, a moustache, and a receding hairline.
He was wearing a green hooded parka with a black stripe across the chest.
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The other suspect is described as a white woman in her early to mid-thirties.
She's about 5-feet-5 inches tall with a small build and medium-length blond hair.
She was wearing a black zip-up sweater
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[8S-Carvin's-Cove]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-10 28:56]
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Roanoke residents could be facing water conservation measures this summer-- unless officials see a substantial increase in water levels at Carvin's Cove.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Carvin's Cove]


The latest measurement puts the city's main water source at 21 feet below full pond. That's the continuing result of last year's drought.
Significant rains this month and next would probably head off any conservation concerns before the summer.
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[8E-Rod-Stewart]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#99-5 32:59]
[GRAPHIC=Rod Stewart]


Rocker Rod Stewart proved he could still wow an audience at the Roanoke Civic Center last night.
Eric Earnhart reports.
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[super=01-Stephanie Callahan/Fan; 1:10]
[super=01-Lana Kyle/Fan; 1:15]
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