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Counselors will be available today at Radford's John Dalton Intermediate School to help students deal with the weekend deaths of two classmates.
Seventh-graders Eden Hall and Leslie Ann Cole were killed in a two-car accident late Saturday night.
Radford police have released very little information about the accident.
Five other people were injured in the crash, but the extent of their injuries isn't known.

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There were no Norfolk Southern trains running on this Memorial Day in the Northeastern United States...but it wasn't because of the holiday.
N-S officially takes over nearly sixty percent of Conrail's routes in the Northeast tomorrow.
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Norfolk Southern's plan to carve up Conrail -- splitting tracks with CSX -- brings two trains to a region that's been monopolized by one.
It's the biggest rail merger ever ... and as Scott Goldberg reports it could mean big things for Roanoke.
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Norfolk Southern has been chugging toward Tuesday for two years.
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((QUICK!!!!! NATSOUND: TRAIN WHISTLE))
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The railroad calls it "Day One..."
The day it takes over nearly 60 percent of Conrail.
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((SUSAN BLAND: NORFOLK SOUTHERN IS LOOKING FORWARD TO DAY ONE. WE ARE THERE. WE'RE READY. WE'RE AT THE GATE.))
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But getting there wasn't easy.
Splitting Conrail's routes between N-S and CSX is the most complex restructuring in railroad history.
Day One was pushed back twice, giving all three railroads extra time to plan.
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG: IF EVERYTHING GOES ACCORDING TO PLANS, NORFOLK SOUTHERN EXPECTS THE CONRAIL DEAL TO DO FOR TRAINS WHAT THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM DID FOR CARS AND TRUCKS ... ADDING DIRECT ROUTES BETWEEN MAJOR CITIES AND SUBTRACTING HOURS FROM THE TIME IT TAKES TO SHIP FREIGHT ON THE GROUND.))
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((SUSAN BLAND: WE'RE GOING TO REALLY STREAMLINE AND REALLY HOPEFULLY PROVIDE A COMPETITIVE PACKAGE TO THE POTENTIAL SHIPPER.))
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Norfolk Southern hopes to be so competitive, it will lure business away from trucks.
After three years, the railroad predicts a million fewer trucks will drive U-S highways...
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((QUICK!!!!! NATSOUND: TRUCKS SCREAM BY ON HIGHWAY))
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Including Virginia's Interstate 81.
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((NATSOUND -- TRAINS PASSING BY "INCREASED RAIL TRAFFIC" SIGN))
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At the same time, traffic on the Shenandoah train route that runs through Roanoke could triple. [from ns merger 1 tape]
The United Transportation Union hopes that means more jobs for Roanoke conductors...
But worries it will just mean more work for members already on the job six days a week.
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((PATE KING: INCREASED TRAFFIC MEANS INCREASED MANPOWER. IF YOU DON'T HAVE IT, YOU JUST PUT PRESSURE ON PEOPLE TO WORK SEVEN DAYS A WEEK INSTEAD OF SIX DAYS A WEEK.))
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For its part, Norfolk Southern has promised Roanoke a net GAIN of jobs. [set-up shot from ns merger 1]
That's a promise Tom McCoy said he heard in 1982... when Norfolk and Western merged with Southern Railway.
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((TOM MCCOY: WE LOST HALF OUR MEMBERSHIP AND THEY BASICALLY WERE TELLING US AT THAT TIME THAT THERE'D BE NO JOB CUTS. BUT OVER A PERIOD OF 16 OR 17 YEARS, THEY CUT US IN HALF.))
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Norfolk Southern insists this merger will bring a renewed level of dedication to Roanoke..
But it could take years to find out just how many new jobs it brings.
For now, the railroad that calls itself the Thoroughbred of Transportation is focusing on getting out of the gate .. making sure the biggest merger in railroad history is also a smooth one.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.
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Your Tuesday Outlook calls for partly sunny skies with highs inthe mid 80's and lows around 60
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 6/2/99
Tuesday:

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One school announcement this morning... Central Virginia Community College will be opening at noon due to a water main

break.[45-E-Festival]


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Organizers are calling the 30th annual Festival in the Park a huge success.
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The combination of a holiday and sunny skies brought crowds out in full force.
This year some new activities added to some old favorites like the bike race. And when the outdoor holiday events got too hot for some, cool refreshments provided relief.
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((WENDI SCHULTZ/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: I THINK THE WEATHER HAS CERTAINLY HELPED US, ALL THE NEW ACTIVITIES THAT WE'VE ADDED, I MEAN WE EVEN WOUND UP MOVING THE RIVER RACE TO A NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR AND IT WORKED OUT BEAUTIFULLY.))
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And at 6:00 when the downtown vendors packed away their stores, festival go-ers moved to Victory Stadium for some concert acts. Musical groups included No Authority, Swirl 360, 1000 Clowns and the quartet C-Note.
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[45-E-C-Note]


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The question is will C-Note be the next teen musical sensation.
We got up close and personal to find out more about this Florida foresome.
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(( nats of C-Note
Their C-D just hit record stores this month, and their music is just now starting to hit the airwaves.
So why all the hype over C-Note?
Because the quartet is the latest creation of Trans Continental entertainment, ---the powerhouse behind hitmakers

Backsreet Boys and 'N Sync
But this Florida foursome wants to set the record straight, it is not a "boy band." [24;13:02] DRU ROBERTS:WHEN WE GOT TOGETHER AND FORMED...A LITTLE BIT OLDER AUDIENCE, A LITTLE MORE EDGY, PROVOCATIVE AND AGRESSIVE.
Setting the quartet apart from the sea of male acts is its pop sound with a latin twist, C-Note is three quarters hispanic, with a token blond of course.
In fact the group's new video for its debut single Wait Till I get Home was taped in both English and Spanish. [nats of video....] [25:41:12] RAUL MOLINA: YOU HEAR SOME OF THE LATIN MUSIC, AT THE SAME TIME YOU HAVE THE AMERICAN CULTURE'S BEEN LIGETNING TO HERE TOO. [bridge-standup--MELANIE 24:13:02 ]

And unlike Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync who were introduced to European markets first, C-Note is doing just the opposite with its American debut. [26:19:00] BRODY MARTINA:WHEN WE WERE PICKED UP BY EPIC RECORD THEY THE LATIN INFLUENCE, SAW US HITTING AMERICNA FIRST, IT WASN'T REALLY AND OPTION TO GO TO EUROPE OR SOUTH AMERICA FIRST. [NATS- OF CONCERT]
So will C-Note be the next hit machine for the Trans Con Family? Time (and record sales) will only tell.
But with its debut song starting to make waves on the pop charts and a coast to coast summer tour planned with superstar Brandy, the answer is likely to be yes. DAVID PEREZ: IF WE CONCENTRATE ON WHAT WE'RE DOING AND WE PUT IN OUR TIME AND GIVE TO OUR FANS THEY'LL RECEIVE US THE WAY WE WANT TO RECEIVE WE'RE GIVING THEM.
After all C-Note does stand for---Creating Nothing Other than Excellence.


Melanie Moon, News 7, Roanoke.))
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The Brandy- C-Note tour kicks off later this month with a July 17th concert date in Virginia Beach.

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Checking your back-to-work forecast...partly sunny skies today with highs in the mid 80s.
Partly cloudy overnight, with comfortable lows near 60.
Looking ahead to tomorrow and beyond...partly cloudy on WEdnesday with a chance of scattered showers or thunderstorms lingering into Thursday.
Highs in the 80s...lows around 60.
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One school announcement this morning... Central Virginia Community College will be opening at noon due to a water main

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A sculpture was unveiled in Bedford yesterday, honoring those servicemen who died on the beaches of Normandy more than five decades ago.
There's still plenty of work left to do on the memorial honoring D-day heroes.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( The hillside overlooking Bedford County still bears just the outline of what will be the Operation Overlord monument.. but central Virginia's D-Day Memorial now has something tangible for visitors to appreciate.
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Hundreds of veterans and their families got their first look at "Across the Beach".. the cast bronze work of sculptor Jim Brothers, showing a D-Day soldier carrying a wounded comrade to safety.
Brothers got a present himself earlier in the day, a G.I. helmet worn on Normandy beach 55 years ago.. and signed by the surviving veterans who attended the ceremony.
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((JIM BISHOP/SCULPTOR: THIS MEANS AN AWFUL LOT IS ALL I CAN SAY.. THE PEOPLE THAT SHED THEIR BLOOD FOR US, THAT WENT OVER THERE AND RISKED THEIR LIVES.))
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Nearly everyone in this crowd has a story to tell about D-Day, including Bernard Marie, who was just five years old the day the Allieds stormed the beach in his hometown.
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((BERNARD MARIE/NORMANDY, FRANCE NATIVE: AS LONG AS I LIVE, I WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT AMERICA DID FOR MY NATIVE COUNTRY, AND ALL THE FRENCH PEOPLE WILL NEVER FORGET.))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))

[8-S-Air-Travel]


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Now that the Memorial Day holiday is behind us, the summer travel season is under way.
But if high air fares are keeping you grounded, Joy Sutton has some advice that may get you flying again.
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(( While most people would prefer to travel the fastest way the cost of airline tickets often keeps them on the ground.
After talking with a Triple-A representative we found there are several things you can do get the lowest ticket possible when you travel.
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((JOYCE BRADFORD:AAA BRANCH MANAGER: DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH A TRAVEL AGENT..SO YOU'VE GOT SOMEONE WHO CAN LOOK OUT FOR THE BEST DEALS))
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Here are some other tips to follow: -Try and have a Saturday night stay -Leave out of a large airport -Travel on a Tuesday, Wed. or Thursday...because these are the least traveled days..and airlines are trying to fill the flight.
And just to show you how much you can save...we had a travel agent do a cost comparison for a ticket keeping a few of these tips in mind.
Leaving out of Roanke Regional Airport going to Orlando Florida...with a 21 day advance..and a Saturday night stay...was 242-dollars.
But without a Saturday night stay the ticket...jumps to a whopping 862-dollars.
Leaving out of Greensboro, North Carolina...a larger airport... with a 21 day advance..and a Saturday night stay...was only 153 dollars.
This same ticket without a Saturday night stay was 181-dollars.
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((JOY SUTTON/REPORTER: THE INTERNET IS ANOTHER SOURCE YOU CAN USE TO FIND A LOW COST TICKET...AT PRICE LINE.COM YOU CHOOSE THE AMOUNT YOU WANT TO PAY AND THE SERVICE ATTEMPTS TO FIND A TICKET AT THAT PRICE FOR YOU))
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Sean Gamble says he uses the internet to pull an airlines website to compare prices.
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((SEAN GAMBLE:SOME I'VE USED TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND GOTTEN GREAT DEALS..OTHER AIRLINES I'LL START THERE JUST TO FIND OUT WHAT'S AVAILABLE AND THEN CALL THEIR SERVICE))
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So the next time you travel don't let the cost of an airline ticket keep you on the ground...a cheap ticket might be only a click or a phone call away.
Joy Sutton, News7, Roanoke.))

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Taking a break from news to check weather...
Looking partly sunny today, with highs in the mid 80s.
Partly cloudy tonight, with lows near 60.
The five day forecast is a mixture of clouds and sunshine...with scattered showers and thunderstorms lasting through Thursday.
Highs in the 80s...lows around 60.
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