[7E-Franklin-Flooding]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-45 12:20]
[GRAPHIC=Floyd Aftermath]


Franklin could be in for another half-inch of rain today, but the Blackwater River continues to fall.
But, the heart of the city is still deep under water.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin;]


But diesel fuel and sewage have turned a flood into a "hazmat" site that's crippling the cleanup.
Even with 186 business owners still unable to get back to their buildings, residents say morale is improving.
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[SOT 14:34:08]
[IN Q=Everybody]

((EVERYBODY HAS PULLED TOGETHER... LIKE THIS HAPPENS.))
[SUPER=01-Lorrie Doughty/Franklin Resident;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=this happens.]
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[VO-NAT]


Water levels have dropped almost three feet from their high water mark on Sunday.
That still leaves more than five feet of water covering a multi-block area of Virginia's hardest hit city.
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[7E-Tobacco-Market]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Cutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-31 1:12:47]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Floyd's blow to North Carolina tobacco crops may be a boost to the price of Virginia tobacco.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


While Hurricane Floyd left Southside tobacco farmers' crops in good shape... it destroyed a lot of the crop in North Carolina.
Local farmers hope that will increase demand for the leaf and drive up recent low prices.
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[SOT 1:11:56 - :1:12:06]
[IN Q=In the past, it always has]

((KENT OWEN/TOBACCO FARMER: IN THE PAST, IT ALWAYS HAS. WE HOPE IT DOES, BUT WE DON'T WANT TO BE GLOATING IF IT DOES, BECAUSE THEY'RE IN SUCH BAD SHAPE DOWN THERE. ))
[SUPER=01-Kent Owen/Tobacco Farmer;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=such bad shape down there.]
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[VO-NAT]


But some local warehouse operators caution farmers against getting their hopes up.
That's because they expect more surplus tobacco this year.
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[SOT 1:15:11 - :20]
[IN Q=We're not sure exactly what]

((HARRY LEA/PIEDMONT BIG SALE WAREHOUSE: WE'RE NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT IT'LL DO TO PRICES ON THE WAREHOUSE FLOOR. WE'RE OPTIMISTIC THAT THERE'LL BE PRESSURE ON THE PRICES AND THAT THE PRICES WILL GO UP.))
[SUPER=01-Harry Lea/Piedmont Big Sale Warehouse;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=and that the prices will go up.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Tobacco markets have been closed this week because of flooding in North Carolina. They're expected to re-open ... at least in Southside... next week.

[7Bassett-Walker]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Cutins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Plant Closing]


More textile jobs are going south, leaving 205 Central Virginia workers without jobs.
Clothes maker Bassett Walker announced yesterday it will shut down its Brookneal sewing plant on November 12th.
Bassett Walker makes sweat shirts, pants and T-shirts for companies such as Nike, J-C Penny and Target.
The company cited a drop in demand for its products and the availability of cheaper labor in other countries.
A company official said the work being done in Brookneal will be moved to Mexico, where Bassett Walker has a sewing plant.

[7E-Interstate-Driving]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Cutins]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-32]
[GRAPHIC=I-81 Safety]


There've been two accidents in two days on Interstate 81 ... adding to the perception it's a dangerous highway.
But experts say there's a lot drivers can do to make it safer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


Driving instructor Gabe Saker has been training motorists for 14 years.
He says you have to be alert behind the wheel.
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[SOT 5:13]
[IN Q=people need to]

((GABE SAKER/SAKER'S DRIVING SCHOOL: PEOPLE NEED TO DRIVE THE SPEED LIMIT, THEY NEED TO KEEP TWO TO THREE SECONDS DRIVING DISTANCE BETWEEN THEM AND THE PEOPLE IN FRONT OF THEM. LOOK AT LEAST 12 TO 15 SECONDS AHEAD.))
[SUPER=01-Gabe Saker/Saker's Driving School]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=15 SECONDS AHEAD]
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[VO-NAT]


Saker says it's also important to watch trucks.
Don't pass them unless you're going uphill.
And if you have to drive in the rain, slow down.
Saker says it's a good idea to drive in the tracks of the car in front of you to avoid hydroplaning.
State and federal officials plan to make the highway safer by widening it.
But that project will take 20 years.
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[45E-City-Manager]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-30 1:33:02]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Mgr. Search]


The search for a Roanoke City manager is now down to two candidates.
And council members confirm that acting city manager Jim Ritchie is NOT among the two finalists.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]


Five council members met on Saturday.
But with Mayor David Bowers recovering from eye surgery and Linda Wyatt absent because of a previous commitment... the decision to narrow the search left some hard feelings.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=And I don't think]

((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: AND I DON'T THINK TWO OR THREE DAYS WOULD HAVE MADE A LOT OF DIFFERENCE IN THAT PROCESS, BUT IT CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE TO THE MAYOR AND TO THE PERCEPTION OF AN OPEN PROCESS.)) ((JIM TROUT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: WHEN YOU HAVE OUTSTANDING CANDIDATES, ESPECIALLY TWO, THEY'VE ALSO GOT APPLICATIONS ELSEWHERE. IF ROANOKE DID NOT SHOW A STRONG INTEREST THEY WOULD WANT TO KNOW.))
[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Trout/Roanoke City Council; :11]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=they would want to know.]
[ANCHOR=melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The top two candidates are municipal officials... one here in Virginia, the second in another southeastern State. The city's consultant is now arranging for both to visit Roanoke and hold more discussions with members of council.

[45E-Griffin]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-35 1:03:50]
[GRAPHIC=Griffin-New Job]


Meantime Danville's former city manager has found a new job in Tennesse.
Ray Griffin Junior has accepted the job of city manager for Kingsport.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/July;]


Danville's City Council fired Griffin in July.
He worked there for seven years.
Griffin will take a pay cut to go to Kingsport. He made nearly 108-thousand dollars a year in Danville. The Kingsport job offers about 17-thousand less.
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[anchor=melanie]
[graphic=none]


Griffin says he is ecstatic and pleased with the new job offer.



[45E-Measles]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-28 1:26:57]
[GRAPHIC=Measles]


It's a disease that's nearly extinct in this nation, Measles.
But central Virginia health officials are dealing with a mini outbreak.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Nine people, including four children have contracted the disease.
Officials believe a Bedford County man contracted the virus during a trip to Africa.
No new cases have been reported for several days, but authorities say everyone should update their own vaccinations.
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[SOT 21:01:58]
[IN Q=Now is the]

((DR. JOANNA HARRIS/CENTRAL VIRGINIA HEALTH DISTRICT: NOW IS THE TIME TO GO BACK AND CHECK YOUR RECORDS AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE RECORDS AND YOUR MOTHER DOESN'T REMEMBER, THEN THEY NEED TO GO ON EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE AN ADULT, AND GET AN IMMUNIZATION.. MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA ARE GIVEN ALL TOGETHER.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Joanna Harris/Central Virginia Health District]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=given all together.]
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[VO-NAT]


The health departments in both Bedford and Lynchburg are offering free measles immunizations for anyone who may need one.
Fewer than a hundred cases of measles were reported in the entire U-S last year.

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[45E-Radford-Death]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Cutins]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-29 1:08:48]
[GRAPHIC=Medical News]


Meantime, a bit of a medical scare in Radord, following the
death of a math professor from a meningitis like infection.
But health officials are trying to calm fears.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


56- year old Roxie Novak died last week.
And while the disease can be contagious-- Dr. Jody Hershey says it can only be spread through close/intimate contact.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=People that]

((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT: PEOPLE THAT ARE IN CASUAL SETTINGS, LIKE THIS, FOR EXAMPLE, CLASSROOMS, LIKE OFFICE SETTINGS, PARTIES AND SOCIAL SETTINGS, ARE NOT AT RISK FOR ACQUIRING THIS DISEASE EVEN FROM SOMEONE WHO'S INFECTED, AGAIN, YOU'VE GOT TO BE IN THAT CLOSE, INTIMATE PERSONAL CONTACT SO THE POPULATION AS A WHOLE, IS JUST NOT AT RISK.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health District; :00]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=at risk.]
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[VO-NAT]


Doctor Hershey says he knows of no other such cases in the New River Valley.
Novak's son was treated with antibiotics, as a precaution.
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[8E-Z101]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Cutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-37]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Just a few days after changing its format to easy listening, Z-101-point-five is back on the air with modern rock.

Kate Weidaw has more on the sudden format flip.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Z101]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;:00]
[SUPER=01-Bob Travis/Owner;:24]
[SUPER=@Kate1;1:05]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=Kate Weidaw News 7]



(([SOT 1:12:59]
[INQ=]

((Z101 ROANOKE'S MODERN ROCK.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= :5]



Only days after Z101 announced it was changing its format to simulcast with Lynchburg's River --- the station was back

playing modern rock. The owners of the station announced they were changing the format because they couldn't bring in money from advertisers
---but that didn't last for long.



[SOT 1:04:25]
[INQ=]

((BOB TRAVIS/OWNER: WE WERE DELUGED WITH PHONE CALLS AND E-MAILS LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF E-MAILS FROM OUR LISTENERS.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= :9]



This led to new advertisers buying time at the station as well as longer commitments from existing ones.
But could this quick change have been a ploy to get listeners and advertisers to buy into the station?
The owner says that's not the case.

[SOT 1:05:49]
[INQ=]

((BOB TRAVIS/OWNER: I'D LIKE TO CLAIM CREDIT FOR THAT BUT I'M NOT THAT SMART SO IT JUST TURNED OUT THAT WAY.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= :8]


The D.J.s say the listeners are to thank, as call after call tied up phone lines for most of the day.

[SOT 1:07:43]
[INQ=]

((THANKS FOR LISTENING WE APPRECIATE IT VERY VERY MUCH.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS= :5]


[STANDUP]
[INQ=]

((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: THE D.J.'S AT Z101 ARE ALSO HAPPY ABOUT THE FORMAT BEING BACK ON THE AIR THEY WERE FIRED ON SATURDAY, AND THEN FOUND OUT YESTERDAY AT 2O'CLOCK THAT HTEY HAD THEIR JOBS BACK. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))
[OUTQ=]
[RUNS=]))




[8Bassett-Walker]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Cutins]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Plant Closing]


More than 200 workers in Central Virginia are without jobs, as the textile industry continues migrating south.
Clothing maker Bassett Walker announced yesterday it will shut down its Brookneal sewing plant on November 12th.
Bassett Walker makes sweat shirts, pants and T-shirts for companies such as Nike, J-C Penny and Target. The company cited a drop in demand for its products and the availability of cheaper labor in other countries.
A company official said the work being done in Brookneal will be moved to Mexico, where Bassett Walker has a sewing plant.

[9E-Missing-Prisoner]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-34 52:08]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Four days after escaping from the Augusta Correctional Center, an inmate was found in an auto parts store in Clifton Forge.
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[VO-NAT]


Anthony Lee Belcher escaped from prison Friday.
He'd been serving a 12-year sentence for burglary, grand larceny, assault, attempted flight and escape.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[graphic=none]


When police approached Belcher in the auto parts store, he first gave them a phony name.
Once they found a newspaper article in his pocket about his escape, Belcher said he'd tell them his real name in exchange for a soda and a package of crackers.

[85-Noise-Ordinance]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=599-11]
[GRAPHIC=SML]


Franklin County MIGHT have to get more quiet if Smith Mountain Lake residents push for a noise ordinance.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Two Bernard's Landing residents want county supervisors to make loud noise illegal.
They're tired of hearing the bang of a propane cannon, meant to scare away geese.
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[SOT 14:25:58]
[IN Q=We hope you]

((CHERRY TITUS/RESIDENT: WE HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER US AND THE OTHERS WHO ARE NOT PRESENT BUT SIGNED PETITIONS AND WHO HAVE NOT HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THIS ISSUE.))
[SUPER=01-Cherry Titus/Resident;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=ON THIS ISSUE ... then :03 nat sot of cannon]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-July 29;]


Bernard's Landing says the cannon has not been fired in weeks.
County supervisors say they will only consider a noise ordinance if the majority of Bernard's Landing residents want one.
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