[7-Schoolwatch]

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We have one school announcement to pass along this morning.
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Brandywine Elementary School in Pendleton County West Virginia is closed today due to furnace problems.
Again, Brandywine Elementary closed today.


[7-Danville-Body]


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Danville police hope an autopsy will provide clues in the mystery of a woman found dead in the Dan River.
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A police officer found the fully-clothed body of 38 year old Sandra Cobbs floating in about four feet of water yesterday afternoon.
She was reported missing earlier in the day.
Police do not suspect foul play, but are not ruling it out yet.
The autopsy will be performed later this morning.
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[7-Train-Accident]


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A 16 year old male was struck and killed by a train Saturday night in Rockbridge County near Buena Vista.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN] A Norfolk Southern train was heading northbound on the Hagerstown line around 11-45, when the conductor saw someone on the tracks about 15 car lengths ahead of him.
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Officials say the conductor used his horn and the emergency brakes but was NOT able to stop in time.
So far, no word on the teenager's name or where he was from.

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A man was killed last night after flipping his pickup truck on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County.
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The driver was apparently traveling south when he came around a corner, hit a ditch, lost control, and went down an embankment.
Police say when the pickup overturned the man was thrown from the vehicle.
The victim's name has NOT been released.
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[7-Reform-Party]


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The Reform Party may have a new leader by the end of the week.
A federal judge in Lynchburg will decide who's in charge of the party later this week.
The case stems from a raucous party meeting in Nashville last month.
Allies of Reform Party founder Ross Perot were returned to power at the meeting.
But ousted chairman John Gargan and treasurer Ronn Young contend they're still the rightful heads of the organization.
At stake is nearly two million dollars in funding from the Federal Election Commission.

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An effort is under way to save a group of Dan River Mills buildings in Danville.
The company planned to demolish the 13 buildings after closing them in 1996.
But preservationist Scott Burton proposed converting the buildings into an entertainment hub with museums, restaurants, condos and office space.
The plan is modeled after a successful mill redevelopment project in Massachusetts.
Burton's development group is securing financial backing for the 60-million dollar project.


[7Weather]


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Taking a look now at your Monday forecast.
Windy today with period of rain.
Highs in the mid to upper 40s.
Tonight, occasional rain with lows in the upper 30s to low 40s.
The extended forecast...

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[45-Schoolwatch]


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We have one school announcement to pass along this morning.
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[TAKE SCHOOLWATCH FS]
Brandywine Elementary School in Pendleton County West Virginia is closed today due to furnace problems.
Again, Brandywine Elementary closed today.


[45-E-Fire-Women]


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Officials in Roanoke and Salem are trying to get more women interested in fire fighting.
And a new training program designed just for women may provide the incentive.
Joy Sutton has the details.
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[SUPER=01-Dana Perry/Roanoke Fire & Rescue; :23]
[SUPER=01-Erin Garvin/Future Class Instructor; :39]
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((Fighting a fire -- is not an easy task -- that's why all fire and rescue personnel in the Roanoke Valley must now pass the same physical ability test.
But far too often faces like these are not seen out in the field. Women account for less then 5-percent of the paid fire fighters and rescue workers in Roanoke and Salem.
Many believe the physical ability test has something to do with it.
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((DANA PERRY/PIO ROANOKE FIRE AND RESCUE: I THINK WOMEN ARE PRETTY MUCH INTIMIDATED WHEN THEY TRY OUT AND THERE ARE THREE HUNDRED MEN THERE.))
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Not to mention the test is intense. That's why the local fire and rescue departments are teaming-up with a local gym to provide training for the test, specifically designed for women.
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((ERIN GARVIN/CLASS INSTRUCTOR; WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS ESTABLISH A STRONG FOUNDATION ON MUSCULAR STRENGTH, MUSCULAR ENDURANCE AND CARDIO RESPIRATORY FITNESS))
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And they have to perform a variety of tasks like the stair climb, the hose drag, and the equipment carry.
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((ERIN GARVIN: IN A LOT OF THE EXERCISES AND DRILLS THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO, IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT A SINGLE JOINT. THEY HAVE TO USE THEIR UPPER BODY STRENGTH))
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From the nautilus equipment, to stepping exercises to cardio work outs -- this is all part of the training.
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((JOY SUTTON/REPORTER: AS THE CLASS PROGRESSES PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE TO CARRY A BACK-PACK TO SIMULATE WHAT THEY'LL HAVE TO WEAR IN THE FIELD AS A FIREFIGHTER))
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And Garvin says she's not just training the women to pass the test -- but she's pumping-up to take it right along with them.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke County.))
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The class is scheduled to begin next month at Cory Everson's gym in Roanoke County.

[45-E-Schulz]


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The wife of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz will be in Bedford this Memorial Day for a ceremony honoring D-Day veterans.
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Jeannie Schulz will be the featured speaker when part of Bedford's D-Day Memorial is unveiled.
Cartoonist Charles Schulz was a strong supporter of D-Day veterans.
Bedford is the site of the D-Day memorial because it lost more people per capita in the invasion than any other community in the nation.
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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast...
Periods of rain today and very breezy.
Highs in the upper 40s.
Occasional rain tonight, with lows falling to 40.
The five day forecast stays cool and wet tomorrow...then warmer temperatures arrive by mid- week.

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[8-Schoolwatch]


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We have one school announcement to pass along this morning.
(XXXXXXXX)

[TAKE SCHOOLWATCH FS]
Brandywine Elementary School in Pendleton County West Virginia is closed today due to furnace problems.
Again, Brandywine Elementary closed today.


[8-Danville-Body]


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An autopsy may provide Danville police with the clues necessary to solve the mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in the Dan River.
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[SUPER=03-Danville/Yesterday]


A police officer found the fully-clothed body of 38 year old Sandra Cobbs floating in about four feet of water yesterday afternoon.
She was reported missing earlier in the day.
Police do not suspect foul play, but are not ruling it out yet.
The autopsy will be performed later this morning.
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[8-Train-Accident]


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[WRITER=kwe]
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A 16 year old boy was killed by a train over the weekend in Rockbridge County near Buena Vista.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN] A Norfolk Southern train was heading northbound on the Hagerstown line around 11-45 Saturday night, when the conductor saw someone on the tracks about 15 car lengths ahead of him.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Officials say the conductor used his horn and the emergency brakes but was NOT able to stop in time.
So far, no word on the teenager's name or where he was from.

[8-E-Floyd-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-52 2:02:45]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


A man was killed last night after flipping his pickup truck on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.]


The driver was apparently traveling south when he came around a corner, hit a ditch, lost control, and went down an embankment.
Police say when the pickup overturned the man was thrown from the vehicle.
The victim's name has NOT been released.
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[8-E-Greyhound-Rescue]


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For those dog lovers looking for a best friend who enjoys leisurely days spent lounging on the sofa, a greyhound may be the perfect choice.
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Now that their racing days are over, the animals are in need of loving homes.
Even though these greyhounds can still run 40 miles-per-hour -- they now prefer to spend 20 hours a day sleeping.

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((JULIE DEARMIN/CIRCLE OF FRIENDS GREYHOUND: A GOOD COUPLE OF WALKS A DAY WILL SATISFY THEM. THEY DON'T NEED A BIG FENCED IN AREA. BUT THEY DO ALWAYS NEED TO BE ON A LEASH OR IN AN ENCLOSED AREA))
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Dearmin says they make great indoor pets. She says they don't smell and don't shed much.
Most of the retired greyhounds are around two years old and come in various sizes and colors.
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If you'd like more information on adopting a greyhound, you can call Terry Moore -with the group Circle of Friends Greyhounds at 540-986-2277.
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[8Weather]


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Time again to look at the Monday forecast for this first day of spring.
Windy, with periods of rain today and highs in the upper 40s.
Occasional rain lingers into tonight, with a low around 40.
The five day forecast stays cool and wet tomorrow...then warmer temperatures arrive by mid- week.

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