[7Boty-Fire]

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Since Saturday the fire on Purgatory Mountain has continued to burn despite efforts by fire fighters and the forest service.
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[VO-NAT]


So far more than 800 acres have been destroyed but it's not over yet.
Fire crews from across the state have been called in to help bring the fire under control.
As of yesterday evening the fire is fully contained, but it is not expected to be out for quite some time.
[SOT 56:00]
[INQ=When it's going]

((CHRIS THOMSEN: WHEN IT'S GOING TO BE OUT IS WEEKS OR MONTHS IT'S GOING TO TAKE SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL OVER SEVERAL PERIOD DAY BEFORE IT STOPS SMOLDERING OR BURNING.))
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[OUTQ=smoldering or burning]
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[VO-NAT]


2 helicopters carrying water, 6 bulldozers, and more than 100 fire fighters have been working on controlling the fire.
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[7E-Alleghany-Economy]


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It's a scenic part of Southwest Virginia ... but its economy has seen better days.
As Scott Goldberg reports, the Alleghany Highlands isn't sharing the rest of Virginia's prosperity ... and people who work there want to turn things around.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Alleghany Co./October 1998;00]
[SUPER=01-John Rice/Fmr. Chamber of Commerce Pres.; 37]
[SUPER=01-Glynn Loope/Alleghany Co. Ec. Dev. Authority; 1:06]
[SUPER=@Scott2; 1:15]
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[OUT Q=sg,n7,alleghany county.]
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((NATSOUND: GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY.))
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Almost a year ago ... it was all smiles when a company from Massachusetts said it was moving to the Highlands and bringing 125 new jobs.
But that was then.
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[SOT 22:04:49]
[IN Q=we need to bring]

((WE NEED TO MARKET OUR AREA TO DRAW OUTSIDERS, TO BRING IN NEW DOLLARS.))
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Now, people who live and work there ... who've seen more layoffs than jobs created ... want to know why the economic good times are passing them by.
Tommy Tyree blames governments that can't cooperate...
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[SOT 21:59:47]
[IN Q=we need]

((TOMMY TYREE: WE NEED TO BRING IRON GATE, COVINGTON, CLIFTON FORGE, ALLEGHANY COUNTY TOGETHER.))
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The former head of the region's chamber of commerce blames the people doing the blaming.
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((JOHN RICE: THEY ARE NOT TAKING THE LEADERSHIP TO CORRECT DEFICIENCIES THAT EXIST IN THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS. ))
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[SOT 21:53:23]
[IN Q=IT'S BASICALLY]

((GLYNN LOOPE: IT'S BASICALLY TIME FOR THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE VISION OF WHAT IT WANTS TO BE WHEN IT GROWS UP.))
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[OUT Q=GROWS UP]


... and the director of the region's economic development authority says an abandoned locomotive repair shop in Clifton Forge could be at least part of that vision.
Glynn Loope sees a major manufacturer moving in ... after government grants pay for a 5-million-dollar cleanup.
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[SOT 21:49:35]
[IN Q=when you walk]

((GLYNN LOOPE: WHEN YOU WALK AROUND A FACILITY THAT ONCE EMPLOYED 2700 PEOPLE AND WAS ONCE THE HEARTBEAT OF CLIFTON FORGE, YOU CAN'T HELP BUT THINK, HOW COULD IT BE THAT AGAIN?))
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Renovating that shop would be just a small part of a big economic development puzzle ... putting all of the pieces together will be the hard part.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Alleghany County. ))

[7E-NRV-Airport]


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The New River Valley economy is poised to take a step into the world economy.
Representative Rick Boucher
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[SUPER=03-Dublin]

announced a new U-S customs office and a new foreign-trade-zone designation are coming to the N-R-V airport.
Two developments ... Boucher said ... that make it easier for local companies to do business overseas.
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[SOT 10:12:49]
[IN Q=WE CAN]

((RICK BOUCHER: WE CAN PROUDLY SAY TO THESE COMPANIES THAT ARE LOOKING TO THE WESTERN PART OF THE STATE, WE OFFER A LOCAL CUSTOMS FACILITY AND WE OFFER A FOREIGN TRADE ZONE STATUS. AND IN TURN THEY CAN REDUCE THEIR COSTS AND BE MORE EFFICIENT IN THEIR BUSINESS OPERATIONS, BECAUSE WE HAVE THESE FACILITIES PRESENT HERE.))
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Right now, companies have to use ports of entry as far away as Norfolk or Baltimore.
Local business leaders look forward to an international gateway in their back yard.
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[SOT 10:17:02]
[IN Q=time is money]

((STUART GILBERT: STUART GILBERT-DIRECTOR NRVEDA: TIME IS MONEY, SO IT'S GOING TO SAVE THEM A LOT OF MONEY, AND THESE EXISTING COMPANIES ARE NOT ONLY IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY, BUT IN THE SURROUNDING AREA TOO, THAT ARE ADJACENT TO US. ))
[SUPER=01-Stuart Gilbert/New River Ec. Dev. Alliance]
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[VO-NAT]


The customs office also gives international travelers in private planes the option of landing in the N-R-V.
Boucher expects more than 50 businesses to use the office in its first year.
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Now a look at your Tuesday forecast... it'll turn mostly sunny with temperatures in the low-to-mid 80's. Tonight will be cloudy, but not as cool as last night high's in the mid-to-upper 60's.


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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 8/11/99
Wednesday:

[SUPER=130-64/Virginia Jones/Fieldale]



[SUPER=130-2/Kason Payne/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-19/Lee Suggs, Jr./Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-9/Dina Coutu/Stuart]



[SUPER=130-10/Malcolm Perdue/Hardy]



[SUPER=130-6/Susie Pack/Fairlawn]



[SUPER=130-1/Max Brewster/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-3/Griffith Wood/Catawba] (picture is located on BRIDGE COMPUTER UNDER - CROC.TGA)


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-/Martha Anderson/Roanoke]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=131-37th/John & Patty Hungate/Blacksburg]



[SUPER=131-/John Painter/Troutville]



[SUPER=131-10/Malcolm Perdue/Roanoke]


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[45E-Henry-Abduction]


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A Henry County woman is hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the head while authorities search for the suspect who abducted her Saturday night.
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23-year-old Shannon Wright says she drove to Riverside Plaza in Bassett late Saturday night to meet someone.
Instead, she says a man kidnapped her and drove her to a secluded area near Axton, off of Route 6-48.
It's there, she says, that he forced her into the trunk and shot her.
She was discovered by a passing motorist who heard noises from the car.
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The woman describes her attacker as a white man, 6-feet-one inches tall, in his late 20s or early 30s, with long blond hair. She says he was wearing blue jeans and a plaid shirt.
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Anyone with information is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff's department.

[45Bedford-Arrest]


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Bedford County authorities say a major drug smuggling operation has been snuffed out with the arrest of a Florida teenager on murder- for- hire charges.
Nineteen year old Paul Douglas Pearce was arrested yesterday after trying to hire an undercover deputy to murder a witness who was going to testify against him.
Police say the arrest stems from an undercover investigation that involved cocaine traffickers who had targeted Bedford County as a main distribution point.
Pearce is being held without bond.

[452-E-L'burg-Schools]


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[TAPE#=99-28 38:24]
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The Lynchburg school board is wrestling with how to rennovate city schools at a cost of 100 million dollars.
Steve Smallshaw has the details.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tracey Shaw/Lynchburg School Board Member; :27]
[SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Council Member; :56]
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(( Right now, the average secondary school in Lynchburg is 33 years old.. the list of needed repairs and renovations to those facilities grows longer every day.
Add to that a lack of space in the city's elementary schools, created by a growing demand for special education and technology classrooms.
A task force has itemized where each school needs to expand or renovate.. now educators and city officials must decide what comes first.
[SOT 11:24:11]

((TRACEY SHAW/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: WE NATURALLY THINK THESE NEEDS ARE MORE THAN NEEDS, THEY APPROACH NECESSITIES, BUT EVERYONE LIVES WITHIN FINANCIAL LIMITS AND WE'LL WORK THROUGH HOW TO PRIORITIZE THE FUNDS THAT ARE AVAILABLE.))
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What's available will be up to city council, which now must figure out how to come up with an extra ten million dollars a year in school funding.
[SOT 11:21:29]

((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: TRY TO BE INNOVATIVE IN HOW WE FIND THE FUNDING, WHETHER IT BE BORROW MORE MONEY, WHETHER WE GO TO THE STATE AND REQUEST MORE MONEY, WHETHER WE FIND GRANT MONEYS OR WHAT'S OUT THERE, I DON'T KNOW, BUT THERE ARE SOME WAYS TO COME UP WITH THE NECESSARY FUNDING.))
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Whitaker says, for him, raising taxes is "not" an option.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

[45E-Gilmore-Drought]


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[TAPE#=99-20 1:33:04]
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As the East Coasts trys to cope with one of the worst droughts of the century,
Governor Gilmore met with other state governors
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[VO-NAT]

in an effort to help farmers survive the dry conditions with their farms in tact.
The Governors are working together to come up with a new assistance plan. - they say the federal plan is inadequate, because it would just send farmers into more debt.
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[18:35:10-18:35:29]
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[VO-NAT]


Gilmore met with the Governors of West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.
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Time again to check the forecast...
Turning mostly sunny today, with highs in the lower 80s.
Partly cloudy by this evening and not as cold overnight, with lows in the upper 60s.
The five day outlook includes the possibility of scattered showers tomorrow...otherwise partly cloudy and warmer with highs around 90..lows around 70.


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[8E-Forest-Fire]


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The Department of Forestry has contained the forest fire off of Interstate 81, but completely extinguishing it could take days or weeks.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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[SUPER=01-Wayne Boblett/Fire Victim; :01]
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[SUPER=01-Chris Thomsen/Va. Dept. of Forestry; :41]
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((WAYNE BOBLETT/FIRE VICTIM: IT'S DESTROYED OUR MOUNTAIN AND ALL OUR GOOD HUNTING.))
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Wayne Boblett is one of four owners of a hunting lodge on Purgatory Mountain. Since Saturday he's watched the land he has hunted on since the early 80's get eaten up by fire. Fire fighters have constructed a back fire around his cabin to protect it from possible damage, but Boblett says it's hard to see his land destroyed.
[SOT 9:39]
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((WAYNE BOBLETT/FIRE VICTIM: THE WAY EVERYBODY TALKS IT'S GONE GONE IT'S ALREADY BURNT FROM THE HOUSES TO THE TOP.)) [OUTQ]
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Fire crews have been using helicopters carrying water, bulldozers to make fire lines, and over 100 fire fighters to control the blaze.
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((CHRIS THOMSEN/DEPT. OF VIRGINIA FORESTRY: WE'RE CHANGING OUT OF THE NINE HOUR SHIFT 9 AM TO 9 PM AND WE ARE BRINGING PEOPLE IN FROM ACROSS THE STATE.))
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So far officials have ruled smoking out as a cause of the fire.
[SOT 1:54]
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((CHRIS THOMSEN/DEPT. VIRGINIA FORESTRY: WE'VE GOT SOME LEADS OVER NIGHT THAT IS POINTING TO A MECHANICAL FAILURE ON A VEHICLE ON SATURDAY AT 1:30 ALONG THE ROADSIDE.))
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When it's all said and done 12-hundred acres will have been destroyed. Kate Weidaw News 7 Botetourt County.))

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The blaze may be contained, but the problems linger on Route 43 in Botetourt County.
Fire fighting crews started a fire line
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]

along a stretch of 43 near James River High School and across from Jimmie Tingler's home.
Tingler has been watching the blaze burn on the hill above his home since Saturday.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I think]

((JIMMIE TINGLER: I THINK THE WIND HELPED BECAUSE THE FIRE MADE IT COME SLOW HAD IT BEEN REVERSED AND GOING WEST WE'D BEEN IN A MESS THEN.))
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There could be delays on Route 43 as crews work to control the fires.

[8E-Blasting-Ax]


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An explosion brings an abrupt halt to Roanoke sewer project.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Gene West was driving his new truck along the Roy Webber Expressway Friday night.
Suddenly a flying rock punctured a hole in his hood and shattered his windshield.
Glass scraped his eye.
Engineers say they were blasting rock out of the Roanoke River near Wiley Drive -- right underneath the highway.
They say they don't know what went wrong in the explosion but they've stopped work until they can figure it out.


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[8E-NRV-Airport]


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The New River Valley economy is poised to take a step into the world economy.
Representative Rick Boucher
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin]

announced a new U-S customs office and a new foreign-trade-zone designation are coming to the N-R-V airport.
Two developments ... Boucher said ... that make it easier for local companies to do business overseas.
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[SOT 10:12:49]
[IN Q=WE CAN]

((RICK BOUCHER: WE CAN PROUDLY SAY TO THESE COMPANIES THAT ARE LOOKING TO THE WESTERN PART OF THE STATE, WE OFFER A LOCAL CUSTOMS FACILITY AND WE OFFER A FOREIGN TRADE ZONE STATUS. AND IN TURN THEY CAN REDUCE THEIR COSTS AND BE MORE EFFICIENT IN THEIR BUSINESS OPERATIONS, BECAUSE WE HAVE THESE FACILITIES PRESENT HERE.))
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[VO-NAT]


Right now, companies have to use ports of entry as far away as Norfolk or Baltimore.
Local business leaders look forward to an international gateway in their back yard.
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[SOT 10:17:02]
[IN Q=time is money]

((STUART GILBERT: STUART GILBERT-DIRECTOR NRVEDA: TIME IS MONEY, SO IT'S GOING TO SAVE THEM A LOT OF MONEY, AND THESE EXISTING COMPANIES ARE NOT ONLY IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY, BUT IN THE SURROUNDING AREA TOO, THAT ARE ADJACENT TO US. ))
[SUPER=01-Stuart Gilbert/New River Ec. Dev. Alliance]
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[OUT Q=adjacent to us]
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[VO-NAT]


The customs office also gives international travelers in private planes the option of landing in the N-R-V.
Boucher expects more than 50 businesses to use the office in its first year.
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Taking a break from the news to look at the forecast...
Mostly sunny skies expected today with continued mild temperatures in the low to mid 80s for highs.
Turning partly cloudy tonight and not as cool, with lows in the upper 60s.
The five day forecast is partly cloudy...with a few showers possible tomorrow.
Highs warming to around 90...lows around 70.


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