[7E-Craig-County]

[ANCHOR=Mel]

[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-18 45:26]
[GRAPHIC=Craig Co. Revitalization]


You don't need a big city to have controversies over downtown revitalization.
Take New Castle .. a small town with its own big questions.
Craig County Supervisors froze the project last week, but as Eric Earnhart reports, they have now changed their minds.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's all about]
[SUPER=03-New Castle; :00]
[SUPER=01-Victor Hamblett/Resident;]
[SUPER=01-Theresa Oliver/Salvage Yard Owner; ]
[SUPER=01-Zane Jones/Supervisor;]
[SUPER=01-John Lee/Supervisor; ]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]


(( Its all about downtown New Castle putting on a better face... from the Mick or Mack to the muffler shop, they have the money, an 800 thousand dollar federal grant... but they don't have two vital pieces of property... a trailer park and an auto salvage yard, which the Federal Government says HAS to go, or the grant could be recinded.
That's why Supervisors put the brakes on the whole project last week, fearing they could be stuck with a half million dollar bill.

On THAT note, supervisors re-convened, to hear criticism from residents who say the project must continue....

[SOT 17:43:24]
[IN Q=we cannot lose]

(( VICTOR HAMBLETT/RESIDENT; WE CANNOT LOSE THESE FUNDS, WE NEED TO MOVE ON, PUT THE PROBLEMS ASIDE, DEAL WITH IT, AND GO ON ABOUT OUR BUSINESS. ))
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=about our business]



The salvage yard owners say they'd be glad to move out of the way... but the county won't let them rezone another piece of property to move TO.

[SOT 18:00:28]
[IN Q=our junkyard would have been]

(( THERESA OLIVER/SALVAGE YARD OWNER; OUR JUNKYARD WOULD HAVE BEEN GONE THREE MONTHS AGO IF YOU WOULD HAVE WORKED WITH US... IF YOU'RE STILL WILLING TO WORK WITH US. ))
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=to work with us.]



Supervisers went into closed session, and after dicussing the issue, returned and voted to allow the downtown project to continue.
They also voted to begin negotiating with the owners of the two pieces of property, and indicated they would be willing to rezone some county land to allow the salvage yard to re-locate.
Supervisors say they have more confidence in the project now.

[SOT 18:20:16]
[IN Q=we wanted to ]

(( ZANE JONES/SUPERVISOR; WE WANTED TO WAKE SOME OF THEM UP, RIGHT? JOHN LEE/SUPERVISOR; RIGHT, WE GOT A LOT MORE INFORMATION, EVERYTHING JUST CAME TOGETHER BETTER. ))
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=came together better]



At least one unresolved issue is WHERE the trail park might go... several residents voiced concerns about that, saying they DON'T want it next to them.
In New Castle, Eric Earnhart, News 7.))






[7E-L'burg-Council]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-13 2:01:32]
[GRAPHIC=Lynchburg]


Lynchburg city councilman Stewart Hobbs can keep his day job, but whether he can remain a POLITICIAN is still unclear.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


City council awarded Hobbs' company, Virginia Aviation, a five- year contract last night .. to continue providing fixed base operator services at the Lynchburg airport.
The F-B-O maintains and fuels private planes and provides flying lessons.
Virginia Aviation had been working without a contract for four years.
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[SOT 9:36:32]
[IN Q=I think we]

((WALTER ERWIN/LYNCHBURG CITY ATTORNEY: I THINK WE FEEL THAT THIS IS A GOOD LEASE, IT'S PROBABLY THE BEST F-B-O LEASE THAT WE'VE EVER HAD. I THINK THAT ALL OF US HAVE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES AT THE AIRPORT.))
[SUPER=01-Walter Erwin/Lynchburg City Attorney]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=at the airport.]
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[VO-NAT]


Commonwealth's attorney Bill Petty must still decide whether Hobbs's contract with the city violates any conflict of interest laws.
If it does, Hobbs will have to resign his seat on city council.
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[7Barry-Black]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-4 1:12:38]
[GRAPHIC=Cross Burning]


Jury selection is expected to begin today in the Carroll County trial of a Ku Klux Klansman accused of burning across.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hillsville/November 1998]


The trial of 50-year-old Barry Black is expected to focus on whether Virginia's law against cross-burning violates free-speech rights.
Black allegedly led a Klan rally at a farm last summer where 18 people in robes and pointed hoods carried torches and stood around a burning 25-foot cross.
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[7WEATHER]


[ANCHOR= Mel]
[NEWSCAST=CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Taking a look at you mid week forecast... Look for mostly sunny skies today with light winds and highs around 80. Clear skies tonight with lows in the mid to upper 50's. Tomorrow will bring much of the same with sunny skies and a light breeze keeping highs in the upper 70's to near 80. Mostly clear Thursday night with lows in the mid 50's.
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[45E-Bush]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-17 1:00:51]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]


Texas Governor George W. Bush is the clear front runner in the race for the G-O-P presidential nomination.
He's even beating Democrat Al Gore in the polls.
He brought his campaign to Richmond yesterday, and as Ellen Qualls reports, expect Republicans to pay plenty of attention to Virginia.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=A thousand]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gov. George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate; :11]
[SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/Political Analyst; :42]
[SUPER=@Ellen1; :50]
[RUNS=1:06]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]


(( A thousand-dollar per plate luncheon, with 350 tickets purchased-- well you can do the math.
But Bush coming to Virginia, so close on the heels of New Hampshire and Iowa has a greater purpose.
[sot tape two 12:59:28 ]

((GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH/R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'M REALLY GLAD YOU ALL DECIDED TO MOVE YOUR PRIMARY UP.))
[runs= :04]


Virginia Republicans decided just four days ago to hold a primary February 29th, making the 12th largest state the first big state to weigh in on the GOP nominee.
[sot tape tape 13:07:20 ]

((GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH/R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'LL BE AN ACTIVIST PRESIDENT WHO SETS WORTHY GOALS OF A GREAT NATION.
I WILL NOT USE MY OFFICE AS A MIRROR TO REFLECT PUBLIC OPINION.))
[runs= :11]


So at a Richmond library earlier in the day, Bush, with wife Laura by his side, was looking every bit the frontrunner.
[sot tape three 13:23:23]

((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: THERE WOULD HAVE TO BE AN EXPOSE. THERE WOULD HAVE TO BE A MAJOR GAFFE. THERE WOULD HAVE TO BE SOMETHING TO COME OUT IN HIS PAST THAT NO ONE KNEW ABOUT.))
[runs= :09]
[sot standup]

((A FEBRUARY 29TH PRIMARY... ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
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[45E-Job-Corps]


[ANCHOR=]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-14 1:44:18]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Officials at the Old Dominion Job Corps in Amherst County are doing a little P-R in the wake of Sunday's near riot between students and police.
They say the hope the incident won't overshadow the GOOD things the center accomplishes year- round.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.]


The Job Corps center is funded by the U-S Department of Labor, and takes in young people from all different backgrounds.
There they can finish high school and learn a trade that will get them a job once they leave.
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[SOT 16:52:43]
[IN Q=What I try]

((BOB BARLOW/JOB CORPS ADMINISTRATOR: WHAT I TRY TO DO PERSONALLY IS FOCUS ON OUR SUCCESSES AND I WISH THAT SUCCESSES IN SOCIETY, IN SCHOOLS, IN JOB CORPS, WOULD BE WHAT PEOPLE FOCUS ON. K KNOW THAT'S NOT THE NATURE OF THE BEAST, AND THAT WE TEND TO FOCUS ON THE NEGATIVE, BUT BOY, THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT OF POSITIVE SUCCESS STORIES HERE AND THAT'S WHAT KEEPS ME GOING.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Barlow/Job Corps Administrator]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=keeps me going.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Job Corps has been in operation for twenty years.
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[45E-L'burg-Council]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-13 2:01:32]
[GRAPHIC=Lynchburg]


It may be good news bad news for Lynchburg city councilman Stewart Hobbs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


City council awarded Hobbs' company, Virginia Aviation, a five- year contract last night .. to continue providing fixed base operator services at the Lynchburg airport.
The F-B-O maintains and fuels private planes and provides flying lessons.
Virginia Aviation had been working without a contract for four years.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 9:36:32]
[IN Q=I think we]

((WALTER ERWIN/LYNCHBURG CITY ATTORNEY: I THINK WE FEEL THAT THIS IS A GOOD LEASE, IT'S PROBABLY THE BEST F-B-O LEASE THAT WE'VE EVER HAD. I THINK THAT ALL OF US HAVE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES AT THE AIRPORT.))
[SUPER=01-Walter Erwin/Lynchburg City Attorney]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=at the airport.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Commonwealth's attorney Bill Petty must still decide whether Hobbs's contract with the city violates any conflict of interest laws.
If it does, Hobbs will have to resign his seat on city council.
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[45WEATHER]


[ANCHOR= Mel]
[NEWSCAST=CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Taking a break from the news to check the forecast...
Mostly sunny skies with highs around 80.
Staying clear overnight, with lows in the upper 50s.
The five day forecast is partly cloudy, with scattered thunderstorms possible by the weekend..
Highs warming into the mid and upper 80s...lows in the lower 60s.
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[8E-Craig-County]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=99-18 45:26]
[GRAPHIC=Craig Co. Revitalization]


New Castle is small...but the controversy over revamping its downtown area was growing by leaps and bounds.
Last week, Craig County Supervisors halted the project.
But Eric Earnhart tells us they've now changed their minds.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It's all about]
[SUPER=03-New Castle; :00]
[SUPER=01-Victor Hamblett/Resident;]
[SUPER=01-Theresa Oliver/Salvage Yard Owner; ]
[SUPER=01-Zane Jones/Supervisor;]
[SUPER=01-John Lee/Supervisor; ]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]


(( Its all about downtown New Castle putting on a better face... from the Mick or Mack to the muffler shop, they have the money, an 800 thousand dollar federal grant... but they don't have two vital pieces of property... a trailer park and an auto salvage yard, which the Federal Government says HAS to go, or the grant could be recinded.
That's why Supervisors put the brakes on the whole project last week, fearing they could be stuck with a half million dollar bill.

On THAT note, supervisors re-convened, to hear criticism from residents who say the project must continue....

[SOT 17:43:24]
[IN Q=we cannot lose]

(( VICTOR HAMBLETT/RESIDENT; WE CANNOT LOSE THESE FUNDS, WE NEED TO MOVE ON, PUT THE PROBLEMS ASIDE, DEAL WITH IT, AND GO ON ABOUT OUR BUSINESS. ))
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=about our business]



The salvage yard owners say they'd be glad to move out of the way... but the county won't let them rezone another piece of property to move TO.

[SOT 18:00:28]
[IN Q=our junkyard would have been]

(( THERESA OLIVER/SALVAGE YARD OWNER; OUR JUNKYARD WOULD HAVE BEEN GONE THREE MONTHS AGO IF YOU WOULD HAVE WORKED WITH US... IF YOU'RE STILL WILLING TO WORK WITH US. ))
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=to work with us.]



Supervisers went into closed session, and after dicussing the issue, returned and voted to allow the downtown project to continue.
They also voted to begin negotiating with the owners of the two pieces of property, and indicated they would be willing to rezone some county land to allow the salvage yard to re-locate.
Supervisors say they have more confidence in the project now.

[SOT 18:20:16]
[IN Q=we wanted to ]

(( ZANE JONES/SUPERVISOR; WE WANTED TO WAKE SOME OF THEM UP, RIGHT? JOHN LEE/SUPERVISOR; RIGHT, WE GOT A LOT MORE INFORMATION, EVERYTHING JUST CAME TOGETHER BETTER. ))
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=came together better]



At least one unresolved issue is WHERE the trail park might go... several residents voiced concerns about that, saying they DON'T want it next to them.
In New Castle, Eric Earnhart, News 7.))






[8E-Senegalese]


[ANCHOR=]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-15 1:08:53]
[GRAPHIC=SML]


Residential input was one lesson in American government that a West African group learned during a visit to Smith Mountain Lake yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]


Top ministers from the republic of Senegal toured the lake Tuesday -- to see how to give their citizens more local power.
[SUPER=04-1996;]


They heard how volunteers clean Smith Mountain Lake, for example.
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[SOT 11:28:20]
[IN Q=One of the things]

((SOUTY TOURE/MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT: ONE OF THE THINGS WE'VE LEARNED IS THE SYNERGY BETWEEN GOVERNMENTS TO FINANCE THE DEBRIS REMOVAL.))
[SUPER=39-Souty Toure/Minister of Environment/;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=debris removal]
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[VO-NAT]


They also checked out a subdivision where residents built their own 18-thousand-dollar system to control erosion.

And they toured the lake's new water treatment plant.
The visit is arranged by Virginia Tech.
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[82Barry-Black]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-14 1:12:38]
[GRAPHIC=Cross Burning]


Virginia's law against cross- burning will be put to the test in a case set in Carroll County.
Jury selection should begin there later today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-]


50-year-old Barry Black is from Pennsylvania.
He faces up to five years in prison if he's convicted of burning a cross in a public place.
Black allegedly led a Ku Klux Klan rally at a farm last summer .. where 18 people in robes and pointed hoods carried torches and stood around a burning 25-foot cross.
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[Detention-Center]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=jha]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Three juviniles escaped from the New River Detention Center this morning around midnight.
Officers attempted to stop a 1986 Jeep pioneer that they were driving and when they failed to stopthey were chased tothe Kroger Distribution Center in Salem where 2 wre taken into custody.
The third was apprehended later by Roanoke Count Police and is now back at the detention center.



[8WEATHER]


[ANCHOR= Mel]
[NEWSCAST=CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Turning to weather...
Mostly sunny today, with an easterly breeze with highs around 80.
Clear overnight, with lows in the upper 50s.
The five day forecast includes variable clouds and a chance of scattered thunderstorms over the weekend with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s.
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