[7-County-Fire]

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A neighbor pulled a woman from a burning Roanoke County home overnight.
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Around midnight, a neighbor found the woman on the floor of her burning Windfall Drive home and carried her outside.
She was taken to the hospital.
There's no word yet on her identity or condition, or what may have sparked the fire.
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[7-E-Kroger-Fire]


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Also in Roanoke County, a grocery store was evacuated last night
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after fire broke out at a loading dock.
The fire happened at the Kroger at Cave Spring Corners.
Flames shot out of a tractor trailer that was up against the store.
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Firefighters think the blaze broke out inside the trailer... which was heavily damaged.
No one was injured, but everyone had to leave the store for a while.
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[7-Explosion-Search]


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Federal agents that investigated the Oklahoma City and World Trade Center bombings are now helping investigate the explosion at New River Castings.
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A team of some 25 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms investigators will help sift through mounds of twisted metal and debris-- looking for two missing workers and clues to what caused the blast.
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((BART MCENTIRE/ATF: WE'RE GOING AS QUICK AS WE CAN...WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET IN A HURRY AND PLACE ANYONE IN DANGER.))


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A-T-F agents say their investigation is not a criminal probe.
Meanwhile, relatives of plant workers Karen Hamilton and Debra Sheppard continue to stand by and watch as the building that collapsed on the two women is torn down piece by piece.
The company that owns New River Castings says the plant's future won't be decided until the missing women are found.
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[7-E-VMI]


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The decade long debate between V-M-I and the U-S Justice Department over female students at the school will end next year.
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In an agreement reached in federal court the school would file more extensive reports on its transition to co-educations through May 2001.
After that Judge Jackson Kiser would dismiss the case.
The reports must provide more information on Title-9, athletics and gender relations.
The agreement includes--an acknowledgment from the Justice Department that V-M-I has made "constructive efforts in good faith" to open the Institute to women.

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A 1999 V-M-I graduate was arraigned yesterday in federal court on arson charges.
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John Daniel Payne pled NOT guilty to setting a fire in barracks in May of 1998.
He's also accused of trying to persuade a classmate to say the two men were somewhere else when the fire was set.

The fire occurred the night six cadets were drummed out for hazing violations.
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Though cadets quickly put out the fire, it did extensive damage to room C-20 -the room that belonged to the three senior cadets expelled that night.

[7Weather]


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Here's a look at your Wednesday forecast.
Mostly sunny with near record highs again in the low to mid 80s.
Tonight, partly cloudy with light winds.
Lows in the 50s.
The extended forecast...
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[45-E-L'burg-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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It was an emotional school board meeting in Lynchburg.
Hundreds of school employees showed up last night to plead for higher salaries.
But as Steve Smallshaw reports, finding the money for those raises won't be easy.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rod Camden/Teacher; :16]
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Austin/School Volunteer; :30]
[SUPER=01-Stewart Hobbs/Lynchburg Council Member; :54]
[SUPER=01-Bill Long/Lynchburg Resident; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Dot Swain/Budget Committee Member; 1:14]
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It had the look and feel of a political convention, and these employees had just one plank in their platform.. more money for the teachers, principals and everyone else in the Lynchburg city school system.
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((ROD CAMDEN/TEACHER: WITH SEVERAL YEARS OF GOOD ECONOMIC TIMES, IT IS TIME TO PUT THE TEACHERS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE BUDGET.))
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The school board heard tales of teachers forced to take second jobs or who quit because they couldn't make ends meet.
Those left behind are seeking at least a ten percent salary increase this year.
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((ELIZABETH AUSTIN/SCHOOL VOLUNTEER: OUR FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS AND IN THOSE OF OUR LEGISLATURE, AND I HOPE THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE WILLING TO STICK THEIR NECKS OUT TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.))
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The problems will fall on the necks and in the laps of city council, many of whom were in attendance.
It will be their job over the next several months to find money for raises, school renovations and everything else the city needs.
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((STEWART HOBBS/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: AND YOU CAN SEE ALL OF THE BAD THINGS THAT ARE COMING TOGETHER AT ONE TIME THAT WE'VE GOT TO WORK OUR WAY OUT OF, AND AS I SAID, TRADITIONAL MEANS OF DOING IT ARE NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH.))
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((BILL LONG/LYNCHBURG RESIDENT: I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO MAINTAIN A HIGH QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN THIS CITY AND WE ARE PREPARED TO PAY TAXES TO SUPPORT THAT EDUCATION.))
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((DOT SWAIN/BUDGET COMMITTEE MEMBER: ARE OUR YOUTH WORTH THIS INVESTMENT? WE CERTAINLY BELIEVE SO.. THANK YOU. (applause).))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

[45-E-Hager]


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More surprises in Richmond.
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Just a day after news surfaced that Virginia Congressman Tom Bliley would NOT run for re-election ...
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... Lieutenant Governor John Hager expressed interest in the seat.
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((LT. GOV. JOHN HAGER: I THINK IT'S PREMATURE TO DRAW THE LINES IN THIS RACE. THERE ARE AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE POTENTIALLY INTERESTED. AND I THINK EVERYONE, INCLUDING MYSELF, HAVE TO CERTAINLY TAKE A LOOK AT THE PARAMETERS OF THE RACE BEFORE SAYING NEVER. AND SO, YOU KNOW, WE'LL BE DOING THAT RIGHT AWAY.))
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Hager's already an announced candidate for governor.
His rival for that Republican nomination is Attorney General Mark Earley.
But minutes after Hager told reporters he was thinking about a Congressional run, his campaign consultant said Hager's on board for governor... and would NOT be running for Congress.
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[45Weather]


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Let's check out the warm Wednesday forecast...
Mostly sunny with near record highs today, temperatures reaching the low to mid 80s this afternoon.
Turning partly cloudy by this evening, with lows falling into the mid 50s.
Looking ahead to the next five days... a chance of scattered showers or storms tomorrow...otherwise partly sunny through Friday.
Cooler with showers likely for the weekend.
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[8-E-Vinton-Police]


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The debates between residents and Vinton town council continues.
At last night's council meeting, residents asked if there was a better way for council to handle the resignations of former police chief Ricky Foutz and Lieutenant Bill Brown.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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((A smaller crowd than usual filled the council room. Foutz supporters wanted to know if the resignations could have been handled differently... or prevented all together before the grand jury report was made public.
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((IT SEEMS LIKE THE QUICKEST WAY TO GET THIS BEHIND YOU IS TO EXPLAIN WHAT YOU DID. IT'S NEVER GOING TO GO AWAY UNLESS YOU EXPLAIN IT.))
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Council member unanimously agreed the situation was handled properly, and Foutz and Brown would not be getting their jobs back either way. Town attorney Buck Heartwell cited some of the wrong-doing from the report.
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((BUCK HEARTWELL: WE HAVE DRUGS THAT DISAPPEARED WITH NO RECORD KEEPING WE HAVE GUNS THAT HAVE DISAPPEARED WITH NO RECORD KEEPING.))
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And instead of yelling matches between the town and council, a member of the community congratulated council on how it handled the situation over the last few months.
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((JOHN OTT/TOWN RESIDENT: I'VE ADMIRED YOU. EVERY TUESDAY YOU COME UP HERE WITH A BIG RED HEART AND YOU'VE TAKEN A LOT OF HEAT, THIS IS MY THIRD MEETING AND THIS HAS BEEN THE MOST CONSTRUCTIVE.))
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Council members say the next step is getting this situation behind the town and moving on. Kate Weidaw News 7 Vinton.))

[8-E-Dog-Bite]


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The mother of the toddler mauled by a pit bull Monday is speaking out to warn other parents about dog attacks.
The boy remains hospitalized and is still partially paralyzed.
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Four year old Jeffrey Morris' ears, eyelids and scalp have been re-attached where a pit bull attacked him.
He still cannot move the right side of his face.
The boy and the dog had played together all weekend.
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[SOT 11:22:04]
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((SHIRLEY MORRIS/MOTHER: I HOPE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THESE PIT BULLS REALLY TAKE A HARD LOOK AT EM AND REALIZE IF THEY HAVE LITTLE KIDS THEY'RE PUTTING THEIR LIFE IN DANGER BECAUSE THEY CAN BE LOVABLE ONE MINUTE AND VICIOUS THE NEXT.))
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Jeffrey's cousin Michelle and her boyfriend owned the dog, which has been put to sleep.
But when her boyfriend killed the dog's two puppies, sheriff's deputies arrested him.
She says he shot the pups to prevent future accidents.
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[8Weather]


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Taking one more look at the forecast...
Lots of sunshine with near record highs in the 80s today.
Partly cloudy tonight, with lows in the mid 50s.
In the extended forecast... a chance of scattered showers or storms tomorrow...otherwise partly sunny through Friday.
Cooler with showers likely for the weekend.
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