[7-Ramada-Fire]

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The Ramada Inn on Franklin Road in Roanoke caught fire early this morning.
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When firefighters arrived shortly after 2 a-m flames and smoke were coming out of the roof.
The fire was contained to the kitchen of the Dynasty restaurant.
Firefighters say there was extensive damage to that area and a lot of smoke in the rest of the building.
The hotel was not evacuated, but some guests chose to leave.
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((DONNA SHAVER/GUEST: THEY SAY THE BUILDING IS OKAY, BUT OUR ROOM IS GETTING A LOT OF SMOKE BECAUSE IT IS RIGHT BEHIND THE RESTAURANT WHICH CAUGHT FIRE. aND WE JUST FEEL SAFER.))
[SUPER=01-Donna Shaver/Guest]
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The night manager was the only one in the building where the fire took place.
Firefighters say she suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for observation.
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[7-Salem-Chase]


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No one was injured in a high speed chase through several jurisdictions early this morning.
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The chase started around 11- thirty in Salem with police pursuing a white older model SAAB.
The 17 year old driver apparently refused to stop for police and the chase progressed into Roanoke County and then into the city.
There were five juveniles in the car.
Police caught up with them after the driver turned down a road that ended in a cul-de-sac.
The driver did try to flee but police apprehended him a short distance away.
The other four were also taken into custody.
The driver has been charged with eluding police.
Further charges are pending.
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[7-11Avoca-Museum]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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A historic building in Campbell County's is ready to open to the public after a face lift.
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The (uh-voh-kuh) Avoca Museum in Altavista celebrated its reopening this past week after more than 400- thousand dollars worth of restoration.
The money helped renovate the roof, shore up sagging walls and repaint much of the turn of the century home.
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((JOHELEN MARTIN/AVOCA MUSEUM: THERE'S NO MORE PEELING PAINT, AND IT'S FRESH, PRISTINE.. BUT HOPEFULLY THEY WILL SEE A BUILDING AS IT APPEARED IN 1901 WHEN IT WAS FIRST BUILT BY THE FAMILY FOLLOWING THE FIRE IN 1899.))
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(uh-voh-kuh) Avoca is located on the home site of Charles Lynch, a Revolutionary War patriot.
Lynch's home and a subsequent house were destroyed by fire.
The current structure is listed as a Virginia Historical landmark.
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[7-11Explore-Park]


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The season has begun for Virginia's Explore Park in Roanoke County.
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For now it will only operate on the weekend but starting next month you can check out the attractions Wednesday through Sunday. The 2-thousand special event season kicks off Saturday with an Easter service and music followed by games for the kids.

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[7Weather]


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Here's a look at your Monday forecast.
Cloudy with showers and storms.
Highs around 70.
Tonight, light rain and windy with lows around 50.
The extended forecast...

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[45-11Gun-School]


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[***ANCHOR TAG***]
Students return to Dublin Elementary school this morning to what some parents call a coverup.
Last week a student brought a gun to school and some parents are upset that school officials left out certain details in a letter that was sent home.
Joy Sutton has the story.
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(( Jim Jones says Friday afternoon his daughter Amber brought this letter home from Dublin Elementary -- informing him that a weapon had been brought to school by a student -- and authorities were investigating the incident.
Jones says the letter was vague -- and school officials would not give him any additional information.
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((JIM JONES: REALLY WE DIDN'T GET ANY RESPONSE, WE WERE TOLD WEAPON, THROUGH SOURCES OF MY OWN I ALREADY KNEW WHAT TYPE OF WEAPON, IT WAS A HANDGUN AND MY SOURCES SAID IT WAS LOADED AND IT WAS BROUGHT BY A 4TH GRADER TO THE CLASSROOM CONCEALED))
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News 7 contacted school officials who would NOT confirm that information -- but they did confirm a gun was brought to school and that only one student was involved. [take pre pro]
Pulaski County Superintendent David Cox -- did not want to go on camera at this time, but spoke with us by phone saying... "We certainly do want our students to be safe at school and everything we do hopefully is toward that direction. This particular incident was dealt with quickly and the response was appropriate"
Cox says every student was sent home with a letter.
But Jones says parents should have been told the weapon was a handgun and informed about the actions taken against the student.
He also feels safety measures at the school need to be tightened.
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((NO I DON'T WANT OUR SCHOOLS TO BE PRISONS, BUT NEITHER DO I WANT OUR SCHOOLS TO BE MORGUES.))
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((JOY SUTTON/REPORTING: JONES SAYS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BE SUSPENDED FROM DUBLIN ELEMENTARY FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR, TO SEND A STRONG MESSAGE TO OTHER STUDENTS THAT THIS TYPE ACTION WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. JOY SUTTON, NEWS7, DUBLIN))
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School officials say the gun has been turned over to the Dublin town police who are handling the investigation.






[45-11Tazewell-Coyotes]


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Coyotes are creating big problems for sheep farmers in Tazewell County.
Local officials officials have been offering a 50 dollar bounty for each coyote killed and government trappers are also working to control the animals.
Animal rights groups, however, say bounties and trappings are cruel and ineffective.
Figures show coyotes are a problem across the state-- they killed more than 400 sheep, just last year.



[45Weather]


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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast...
Showers and thunderstorms expected throughout the day, with highs near 70.
Light rain overnight with lows around 50.
And looking ahead to the next five days....a chance of more rain tomorrow...otherwise dry until Friday.
Highs in the 60s, 70s, and even 80s.

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[8-Ramada-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=tar]
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One person was sent to the hospital after a fire broke out at the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road in Roanoke early this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


When firefighters arrived shortly after 2 a-m flames and smoke were coming out of the roof.
The fire was contained to the kitchen of the Dynasty restaurant.
Firefighters say there was extensive damage to that area and a lot of smoke in the rest of the building.
The hotel was not evacuated, but some guests chose to leave.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=They say]

((DONNA SHAVER/GUEST: THEY SAY THE BUILDING IS OKAY, BUT OUR ROOM IS GETTING A LOT OF SMOKE BECAUSE IT IS RIGHT BEHIND THE RESTAURANT WHICH CAUGHT FIRE. aND WE JUST FEEL SAFER.))
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[VO-NAT]


The night manager was the only one in the building where the fire took place.
Firefighters say she suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for observation.
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[8-Salem-Chase]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tha]
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An early morning chase ends with five juveniles taken into custody.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The chase started around 11- thirty in Salem with police pursuing a white older model SAAB.
The 17 year old driver apparently refused to stop for police and the chase progressed into Roanoke County and then into the city.
Police caught up with them after the driver turned down a road that ended in a cul-de-sac.
The driver did try to flee but police apprehended him a short distance away.
The other four were also taken into custody.
The driver has been charged with eluding police.
Further charges are pending.
No one was injured.
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[8-11Tazewell-Coyotes]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
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The increasing number of coyotes in Tazewell County is making it difficult for farmers to control the animals killing their sheep.
Local officials have been offering a 50 dollar bounty for each coyote killed and government trappers are also working to control the animals.
Animal rights groups, however, say bounties and trappings are cruel and ineffective.
Figures show coyotes are a problem across the state-- they killed more than 400 sheep, just last year.



[8-11Dance-A-Thon]


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Some local college students truly danced the night away in a 24-hour-dance-a-thon.
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Around 80 Virginia Tech students danced the day and night away to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network.
To participate, the dancers had to send out 10 contribution letters.
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((JUSTIN BROD/EVENT COORDINATOR:WE PRE-WROTE THE LETTERS BUT THEN THEY WRITE A LITTLE PERSONAL NOTE ON THEM AND MAYBE SUGGEST A CONTRIBUTION LEVEL TO THEIR RELATIVES, FRIENDS AND THE LIKE, THEN THESE PEOPLE IN, TURN SEND THE ENVELOPE BACK))
[SUPER=01-Justin Brod/Fundraiser Coordinator]
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So far, most dancers have received around 200 dollars.
This is the first time a dance-a-thon has been held by students at Virginia Tech.
And the students hope to make it a long lasting tradition as a way to give back to kids in need in the community.
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[8Weather]


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Time again to look at you back to work forecast...
Messy today, with showers and thunderstorms likely.
Highs near 70.
The showers will taper off to light rain tonight, with lows newar 50.
And looking ahead to the next five days....a chance of more rain tomorrow...otherwise dry until Friday.
Highs in the 60s, 70s, and even 80s.

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