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Another controversy has hit V-M-I, apparently over the investigation of Superintendent Josiah Bunting's spending.


Institute business executive John Rowe resigned over the weekend.
Sources say Rowe refused to use V-M-I funds to pay Bunting's legal fees which amounted to 65-thousand dollars.
Bunting eventually was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.


[7-BV-Schools]


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And in Buena Vista, controversy has risen out of a statement made by the city's school superintendent.
In a private conversation, Superintendent James Bradford reportedly told city manager Dan Collins the city should just accept the fact that the schools were going to get athletic facilities no matter what.
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Bradford said "it's like being raped, so you might as well lay there and enjoy it."
The superintendent says he's received calls from residents who are shocked and disappointed by his statement.
City council member Steve Douty says he wishes the statement was never made.
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[IN Q=i was sorry]

((STEVE DOUTY/CITY COUNCIL MEMBER; I WAS SORRY TO SEE THAT THE DISCUSSION GOT TO A PUBLIC LEVEL. I HOPE ALL PARTIES CONCERNED WILL MEET ABOUT IT AND RESOLVE THEIR DIFFERENCES.))
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Bradford said he used the word rape to mean "destroy" -- and if you're going to destroy the city finances you might as well enjoy it.

[7-E-Bedford-Supers]


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The effort to re-name part of Route 460 in Bedford after Dr. Martin Luther King hit a roadblock last night at a board of supervisors meeting.
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More than 500 citizens signed a petition saying they oppose the move.. in part because King never set foot in the area.
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((PETER SNELLING/OPPOSES RENAMING BYPASS: IF A STREET, ROAD OR ANYTHING IS TO BE NAMED AFTER AN INDIVIDUAL, WE ARE ASKING THAT IT BE NAMED AFTER A CITIZEN OF OUR GREAT COMMUNITY.)) ((REV. I.L. WARD/SUPPORTS RENAMING BYPASS: IT'S SENDING A MESSAGE TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, 'STAY IN SCHOOL, STUDY, BE PRODUCTIVE, DO SOMETHING TO AFFECT THE COUNTRY, BUT YET YOU CAN ONLY BE HONORED IN BEDFORD'?))
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[SUPER=01-Rev. I. L. Ward/Supports Renaming Bypass; ]
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[OUT Q=honored in Bedford.]
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A scheduling problem prevented Reverend Ward and a group of supporters from speaking at last night's meeting.
They plan to return in two weeks.
The CITY of Bedford has already passed a resolution in favor of re-naming Route 460 for King.
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[7-W'ville-WalMart]


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A national department store is on its way to Wytheville.
After a public hearing last night, Town Council unanimously voted to rezone farm land into commercial land.
The vote will allow a Wal-Mart Super Center to move in.
It was a controversial debate.
Many townspeople had opposed the move, saying a large retailer could drive out small businesses.

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Here's a look at today's weather.
Clearing skies today and windy.
Highs in the upper 40s to low 50s.
Tonight, increasing clouds after midnight.
Lows in the low 30s.
The extended forecast...

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[45-Rowe]


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The probe of V-M-I's superintendent has apparently claimed one casualty.
Institute business executive John Rowe has resigned.
Sources say Rowe refused to use V-M-I funds to pay Josiah Bunting's legal fees which amounted to 65-thousand dollars.
Bunting eventually was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

[45-E-Vinton-Police]


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A grand jury has completed its investigation of the Vinton Police Department.
It found serious irregularities, but nothing that warrants criminal charges.
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State police started with allegations against Lieutenant Bill Brown- -but the scope of the investigation widened.
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So the Special Prosecutor impaneled a Grand Jury.
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[SOT 1:08:15]
[IN Q=From the state]

((FROM THE STATE POLICE INVESTIGATION, THEY FOUND IRREGULARITIES THAT WERE SERIOUS IN THE HANDLING OF DRUGS AND THE HANDLING OF GUN EVIDENCE AND ALSO IN THE HANDLING OF PUBLIC FUNDS. BUT THAT EVIDENCE DID NOT RISE TO A LEVEL SUFFICIENT TO BRING A CRIMINAL CHARGE.))
[SUPER=01-Neil Vener/Special Prosecutor]
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The Grand Jury's 24-page report remains under seal, unless Judge Diane Strickland decides it should be open to the public.
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[45-E-Powledge]


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Here's a question for you, which is more important -- the doctor, or the doctor's office?
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Darrell Powledge says it's the doctor.
He was kicked out of the Lewis-Gale clinic last week...
And expects his patients will follow him to his private practice, when it opens later this month.
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((DR DARRELL POWLEDGE/FORMER LEWIS-GALE DOCTOR: THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD PUT ANOTHER DOCTOR IN MY OFFICE AND THE PATIENTS THAT HAVE BEEN SEEING ME FOR THE PAST 13 YEARS OR SO WOULD JUST GO TO THAT LOCATION AND SEE WHATEVER DOCTOR IS THERE. I THINK THAT THEY, IN MY OPINION, HAVE SERIOUSLY UNDERESTIMATED THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP.))
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The clinic says buildings are not more important than doctors ... but expects patients to keep coming to Lewis-Gale even if their doctors leave.
Nearly 40 doctors have resigned in recent months.
Powledge resigned and planned to leave next month ... but was kicked out when the clinic found a replacement.
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[45-E-Blood-Drive]


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What's the best Valentine's gift you can give?
How about the gift of life.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; ]


The Roanoke Red Cross teamed up with Pebble Creek Apartments for a Valentine's blood drive.
In addition to the usual food and drink, donors got a token of appreciation symbolizing the most romantic day of the year.
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[IN Q=Every donor]

((JENNIFER BROOKS/PEBBLE CREEK SOCIAL DIRECTOR: EVERY DONOR WHO COMES IN AND GIVES BLOOD GETS TO TAKE HOME A ROSE WITH THEM, SO THAT'S KIND OF A NEAT LITTLE THING THAT WE DID.))
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The blood drive is also a first for the Red Cross.
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[IN Q=I have to say]

((PHYLLIS MCCALLIE/RED CROSS: I HAVE TO SAY THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER BEEN AT AN APARTMENT COMPLEX DOING A BLOOD DRIVE.))
[SUPER=01-Phyllis McCallie/Red Cross; ]
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The American Red Cross serves 44 hospitals and needs to collect about 300 pints every day.
Only five percent of the eligible population donates.
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[45Weather]


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Taking a break from the news now to check the forecast...
After some morning clouds, skies will clear out today.
Still breezy, with highs this afternoon around 50.
Increasing clouds overnight, with lows in the 30s.
Looking ahead to the next five days.. partly cloudy and milder tomorrow...with showers possible by the end of the week.
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Nearly three weeks after her disappearance, hundreds gathered yesterday to say their final goodbyes to Tara Rose Munsey.
Not everyone could fit into the funeral service, but the family of the murdered teen says around 12-hundred people signed their name at the funeral.
Marya Jones reports.
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(( Nearly 250 friends and relatives poured in to a standing-room-only funeral service to say their good-byes to Tara Munsey.
Dozens more who couldn't get in, gathered on the chapel lawn... all of them seeking one thing. ((CHRISTIE NIXON/FRIEND: CLOSURE. IT REALLY WON'T BE CLOSURE UNTIL THEY FIND WHO DONE IT. ))
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((LOREN PHILLIPS/FRIEND --SHE HAD A WONDERFUL LIFE ..KIND AND SWEET AND REALLY CARING ABOUT A LOT OF PEOPLE.))
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And, for many people, that's what makes her murder so hard to understand.
Tara's body was found last Thursday night, shot several times and abandoned in a ditch... nearly six miles from the Taco Bell where she was last seen January 25th.
And, now with physical evidence from the crime scene to guide them, investigators are moving ahead in the search for her killer. ((CHRISTIE NIXON/FRIEND: I THINK IT WAS SOMEBODY SHE KNEW BECAUSE SHE WOULD HAVE PUT UP A FIGHT IF SOMEBODY SHE DIDN'T KNOW WANTED TO TAKE HER.)) Tara Rose Munsey's funeral had plenty of personal touches.... like the roses carried by mourners.
And Tara's 1977 Plymouth Volare, custom-painted just days before she disappeared, led the funeral procession.
It moved even those at the funeral who didn't know Tara, like Radford youth pastor Mike Laster. ((MIKE LASTER/RADFORD YOUTH PASTOR: I THINK THE CLOSURE WILL REALLY COME WHEN THEY FIND WHO DID THIS TO HER. ))
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((MARYA JONES/NEWS 7: FOR NOW, INVESTIGATORS ARE KEEPING A TIGHT LID ON THE INVESTIGATION. BUT THEY SAY WITH ALL THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE THEY'VE COLLECTED, IT'S PICKING UP MOMENTUM. MJN7.))))

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Local florists were certainly busy delivering roses and assorted flowers on Valentine's Day, but some barbershop quartets delivered the gift of song yesterday.
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[NAT SOT OF QUARTET IN HALLWAY 03:09:40]
[IN Q=Let me call you sweetheart]

((LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART I'M IN LOVE WITH YOU.))
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[OUT Q=I'm in love with you.]
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Tressa (TREE-suh) Orange was on the receiving end of one serenade... ordered by her husband Mike, and delivered by members of the Virginia Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus.
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[IN Q=Last year]

((RUPERT CUTLER: LAST YEAR AT HAYES SEAY MATTERN AND MATTERN WE SANG TO A LADY ON THE SECOND FLOOR A CUBICLE FLOOR, AND LITTLE HEADS POPPED OUT LIKE A PRAIRIE DOG COLONY. WE STARTED SINGING AND PEOPLE STARTED COMING OVER... SO IT'S A HIGHLIGHT OF MY YEAR WE JUST HAVE A GREAT TIME.))
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[OUT Q=just have a great time.]
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Four quartets sang their way through the weekend, and they were expecting to deliver more than 150 singing Valentines before the day was over.

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Time once more to check your Tuesday forecast...
Clearing and breezy today, with highs near 50.
Increasing clouds after midnight, with lows falling into the low and mid 30s.
Looking ahead to the next five days.. partly cloudy and milder tomorrow...with showers possible by the end of the week.
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