[7-Schoolwatch]

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We have school announcements to pass along this morning.
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Grayson County schools are delayed one hour today, but Mount Rogers school in Grayson is closed today.
And Smyth County schools are delayed one hour.

[7-Bank-Merger]


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An area bank is joining a financial giant.
One Valley Bancorp plans to merge with B-B-and-T.
A formal announcement is expected later today.
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West Virginia based One Valley has 124 branches, including some in Southwest and Central Virginia.
The One Valley chain is West Virginia's largest and was founded in 1867.
B-B-and-T already has some 650 branches in the Southeast.
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[7-S-Halifax-Murder]


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A party turned violent left one man dead and another in police custody.
Now Halifax County authorities have identified the victim of the weekend murder.
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When Sheriff's deputies arrived at this house on Chapel Trail around three yesterday morning they found 21- year old William Joseph (Fan-kur) Fancher of North Carolina dead from a gunshot wound.
Authorities later arrested 29 year old Joseph Eric Leonard of for allegedly driving under the influence.
Investigators believe Leonard is also responsible for the murder.
He's been charged with first degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony.
Officials say an argument lead to the shooting.
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((MAJOR RICHARD PULLIAM/SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THERE HAD BEEN ALTERCATION A FIGHT AND SHOTS HAD BEEN FIRED WE SEIZED APPROXIMATELY 6 TO 8 WEAPONS, SMALL QUANTITY OF MARIJUANA AND ALCOHOL.))
[SUPER=01-Maj. Richard Pulliam/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.]
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The man living in the home, 27 year old Corey Gunliskson, has been charged with malicous wounding.
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[7-Clinton-Visit]


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President Clinton will make a stop in Virginia today.
The president is scheduled to come to The Homestead resort in Hot Springs for a meeting of the House Democratic Issues Conference.
The conference's sessions are private, and Mr. Clinton doesn't have any public events on his agenda in Hot Springs.
President Clinton's farewell one- point- 84 trillion dollar budget package will be unveiled today.
And it's likely to set off another battle with congressional Republicans who want to turn surpluses into major tax cuts.



[7-E-Chinese-Dancers]


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Roanoke celebrated the Chinese New Year with some visitors from the far East.
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The acclaimed Chinese Minority Dancers from the Yunnan (you-nan) province - which is where Roanoke's sister city is located -- were in town yesterday.
This new year celebration welcomes in the year of the dragon.
The belief is that all babies born in this year will be successful at what ever career they choose.
This is also a benefit for Roanoke's sister city in China.
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[7Weather]


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Here's a look at your Monday forecast.
Partly sunny and windy today with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s.
Tonight partly cloudy and chilly.
Lows in the mid 20s.
The extended...


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[45-Schoolwatch]


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We have a few school announcements to pass along this morning.
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[TAKE SCHOOLWATCH FS]
Grayson County schools are delayed one hour today, but Mount Rogers school in Grayson is closed today.
And Smyth County schools are delayed one hour.



[45-S-Lewis-Gale]


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One of the doctors who resigned from Lewis Gale Clinic has found away to stay in the Roanoke Valley.
Doctor Rodney Poffenberger resigned in November -- and after giving a 90 day notice went into private practice Friday.
As Joy Sutton reports -- Poffenberger is now the first, of the departing doctors, to do this.
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(( After resigning as a urologist with Lewis Gale Clinic --Doctor Rodney Poffenberger - says he was determined to stay in area -- even though his contract with Phycor -- the management firm that has been running the clinic -- stipulated that he could not practice in the surrounding area for 18 months.
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((THROUGH SOME NEGOTIATIONS WITH LEWIS GALE CLINIC AND PHYCOR AND WITH THE HELP OF MY ATTORNEY. WE'VE DETERMINED I WAS ABLE SET UP PRACTICE HERE IN THE ROANOKE AREA))
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Poffenberger says he had to pay an undisclosed amount of money to be able to do that.
But he says it was well worth it to give his patients the option to continue with his care -- and now he can offer better service.
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((I'VE COME TO THE REALIZATION EVEN MORE SO THAN BEFORE THAT THE PATIENTS REALLY DO VALUE THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR DOCTOR))
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But Poffenberger says he has been prohibited from contacting any of his Lewis Gale clinic patients, that's why he placed an ad in the paper to let them know he is now in private practice at Jefferson Surgical Clinic.
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((I KNOW THE SAME THING IS HAPPENING TO OTHER DOCTORS WHO HAVE RESIGNED. I KNOW IT'S LIKE TEARING THEIR HEART APART THAT THEY CAN'T LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM BECAUSE OF SOME CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION))
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And Poffenberger says for the sake of the Roanoke Valley -- every thing possible needs to be done to keep the doctors in the area.
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((I HOPE THE MAJORITY OF DOCTORS CAN STAY. IT JUST DEPENDS ON THEIR NEGOTIATIONS AND I KNOW THAT THEY WANT TO STAY AND THEY'RE DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE WITHIN THEIR POWER TO STAY))
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Joy Sutton, News 7, Salem.))

[45-Bank-Merger]


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West Virgina's largest bank plans to announce today merger plans with North Carolina bank, B-B-and-T.
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One Valley BanCorp, which has assets of six and a half billion dollars, will become part of the B-B-and-T banking empire, which has 45 and a half billion in assets.
West Virginia based One Valley has 124 branches, including some in Southwest and Central Virginia.
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Turning your attention now to the forecast...
Partly sunny and breezy today, with highs near 50.
Partly cloudy and chilly overnight, with lows near 25.
In the extended forecast, expect cooler temperatures tomorrow, then warming back up by the middle of the week.
Partly sunny skies this week...with some rain possible by Thursday.


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[8-Schoolwatch]


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[WRITER=tar]
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We have a few school announcements to pass along this morning.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE SCHOOLWATCH FS]
Grayson County schools are delayed one hour today, but Mount Rogers school in Grayson is closed today.
And Smyth County schools are delayed one hour.



[8-Bank-Merger]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
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A West Virginia based bank is entering the world of big banking.
One Valley Bancorp plans to merge with financial giant B-B-and-T.
A formal announcement is expected later today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-1996]


One Valley BanCorp, which has assets of six and a half billion dollars, will become part of the B-B-and-T banking empire, which has 45 and a half billion in assets.
The North Carolina based B-B-and-T already has some 650 branches in the Southeast.
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[8-S-Halifax-Murder]


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Halifax county authorities have released the name of the victim in a weekend murder, and they've arrested his alleged killer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.]


When Sheriff's deputies arrived at this house on Chapel Trail around three yesterday morning they found 21- year old William Joseph (Fan-kur) Fancher of North Carolina dead from a gunshot wound.
Authorities later arrested 29 year old Joseph Eric Leonard of for allegedly driving under the influence.
Investigators believe Leonard is also responsible for the murder.
He's been charged with first degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony.
Officials say an argument lead to the shooting.
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((MAJOR RICHARD PULLIAM/SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THERE HAD BEEN ALTERCATION A FIGHT AND SHOTS HAD BEEN FIRED WE SEIZED APPROXIMATELY 6 TO 8 WEAPONS, SMALL QUANTITY OF MARIJUANA AND ALCOHOL.))
[SUPER=01-Maj. Richard Pulliam/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.]
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[VO-NAT]


The man living in the home, 27 year old Corey Gunliskson, has been charged with malicious wounding.
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[8-Lewis-Gale]


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He resigned from the Lewis Gale Clinic a few months ago, and now he has found a way to practice again in the area.

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Doctor Rodney Poffenberger resigned from the Lewis Gale Clinic in November.
But after giving a 90 day notice, he is back in private practice at the Jefferson Surgical Clinic.
His contract with the clinic's management, Phycor, prohibited him from practicing in the area for 18 months.
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((DR. RODNEY POFFENBERGER: THROUGH SOME NEGOTIATIONS WITH LEWIS GALE CLINIC AND PHYCOR AND WITH THE HELP OF MY ATTORNEY, WE'VE DETERMINED I WAS ABLE TO SET UP PRACTICE H ERE IN THE ROANOKE AREA.))
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The doctor says he had to pay an undisclosed amount of money to practice.
But he says it was worth it to give his patients the option to continue with his care.
Poffenberger also believes everything possible should be done to keep other Lewis Gale doctors in the area.
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[8Weather]


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Taking a break from the news now to check weather...
Partly sunny and breezy today with highs around 50.
Partly cloudy and chilly tonight with lows in the mid 20s.
In the extended forecast, expect cooler temperatures tomorrow, then warming back up by the middle of the week.
Partly sunny skies this week...with some rain possible by Thursday.
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