[7-Pulaski-Threat]

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As people in Littleton Colorado commemorate the one year anniversary of the Columbine shootings, Pulaski County High School and the Governor's School in Dublin are closed today.
It is the result of a web site threat.
Students describe it as a "Hit List" that threatens to harm at least 100 students and staff.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin/File;]


Rumors of the threat began circulating among Pulaski County High School students earlier this week.
But it only surfaced on the web page yesterday afternoon.
School was closed as a precaution.
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[SOT 3:13:21 - :33]
[IN Q=We don't have time]

((DAVID COX/PULASKI CO. SUPERINTENDENT: WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT AND BASICALLY AT THIS POINT I CAN'T GUARANTEE THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND THAT ALWAYS COMES FIRST. :30 AND SO, FOR THAT REASON, WE'RE CANCELING HIGH SCHOOL.))
[SUPER=01-David Cox/Pulaski Co. Superintendent;]
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[OUT Q=cancelling high school.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Investigators have removed the web page and say they're working with the school board to track down the author of the page.
They're also notifying people mentioned by name on the list.
At least eleven Pulaski County High School students have been charged this year with making bomb threats.
(XXXXXXXXXXXX)

[Take FS Board]
Again, only Pulaski County High school and the Governor's School in Dublin are closed today.
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[7-11Meningitis]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Another case of meningitis hits Radford University.
A 19-year old freshman is in stable condition at a Wise County Hospital.
The previous two meningitis patients are out of the hospital and doing well.
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[SUPER=03-Radford; ]


No new cases have been reported in the N-R-V, but the health department is holding a vaccination today at Radford for all freshman who live in dorms.
The college is also mass e-mailing students about how to prevent becoming infected.
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[SOT tc 02:14:18]
[IN Q=Don't do some]

((NORLEEN POMERANTZ/VP STUDENT AFFAIRS: ))
[SUPER=01-Norleen Pomerantz/Student Affairs Vice-President]
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[OUT Q=not a good idea to do.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The free vaccination is scheduled from 8:00 until 6:00 in the Main Lounge of Moffett Hall and the Third Floor Classroom of Muse Hall. No appointment is necessary.

[7-11Waterworks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=tte]
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A Smith Mountain Lake has been slapped with a 24-thousand-dollar fine for overcharging his customers. Now, he's trying to hit them up for more money.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]

Robert Winney owns Waterworks -- a utility company serving four lake subdivisions.
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The State Corporation Commission says Winney does not fix leaks, lets the tanks run dry, and overcharges customers. He also refused to pay his electric bills, so the entire system was almost shut down.
Yesterday, the S-C-C fined Winney 24-thousand-dollars. Winney's applying to raise his rates, even though the S-C-C has already told him no several times. He hung up when called for a comment.
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[7Weather]


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Taking a look at your Thursday forecast.
Partly sunny and windy today with highs in the mid 70s.
Tonight, clouds move in and showers possible.
Lows in the upper 50s to 60.
The extended forecast...
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[45-Pulaski-Threat]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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Today is the one-year anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.
In Pulaski County, the anniversary has triggered a cyber threat described as a hit list.
A website makes threats against at least 100 students and staff members.
It led officials to close Pulaski County High School and the Governor's School in Dublin today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin/File Tape;]


The threat appeared on a web site yesterday.
Pulaski County High School has a history of being beseiged by threats.
At least 11 students have been charged with making bomb threats in the past four months.
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[SOT 3:13:21 - :33]
[IN Q=I don't have any]

((DAVID COX/PULASKI CO. SUPERINTENDENT: I DON'T HAVE ANY WAY TO KNOW IF THERE IS A CONNECTION. I'M JUST READY FOR IT TO ALL STOP AND SO ARE OUR STUDENTS.))
[SUPER=01-David Cox/Pulaski Co. Superintendent;]
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[OUT Q=so are our students.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Investigators have removed the threatening web page and say they're working with the school board to track down the author.
They're also notifying people mentioned by name on the list. (XXXXXXXXXXXX) [Take FS Board]
Once again, only Pulaski County High school and the Governor's School in Dublin are closed today.
(XXXXXXXXXXX)



[45-11XGR-Vetoes]


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The Governor says he was just trying to help laid off workers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


But the General Assembly said NO to his budget amendment.
It would have taken seven million dollars aimed at emergency health insurance for laid off textile workers- but not just here.
That money would have been spread over several more localities-- requiring them to create their own insurance programs.
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[SOT 01:03:36]
[IN Q=This is in]

((THIS IS IN MY OPINION A FRAUDULENT ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS A REAL ECONOMIC NEED. THEY'RE LOADING THIS THING UP AND MAKING IT SO COMPLICATED THAT IT CANNOT, WILL NOT WORK FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE WORKING POOR IN VIRGINIA'S HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AREAS. I HOPE YOU WILL REJECT THESE AMENDMENTS. THEY'RE RIDICULOUS.))
[SOT 14:59:22 ]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I'M FRANKLY SURPRISED THAT THEY'VE TAKEN SUCH A HARD LINE POSITION...WHEN I WAS TRYING TO BE BROADER FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMONWEALTH.))
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[OUT Q=the Commonwealth.]
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Lawmakers also over-rode a Gilmore veto in their one day reconvened session.
The bill covered illegal aliens with workers comp insurance.
The Governor says he hates to give them any legal status.
But lawmakers overruled him-- to protect farmers and employers from private lawsuits.
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[45-11Gas-Prices]


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Gas prices are still near record highs, but you may have noticed prices have dropped just a bit in the last month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Triple-A reports the average price of self-serve unleaded fell about a nickel in Virginia over the last month, to 1-43 a gallon.
Even with that drop, it is the second-highest monthly average ever, second only to last month.
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[45Weather]


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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast...
Partly sunny with warm southerly winds.
High near 75.
Clouding up tonight with a chance of showers and lows in the upper 50s.
Looking ahead....showers likely on Good Friday, but drier by Easter Sunday.


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[8-Pulaski-Threat]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
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[GRAPHIC=School safety]


A web site threat has closed Pulaski County High School and the Governor's School in Dublin.
Students describe the site as a "Hit List" that threatens harm to at least 100 students and staff members on the anniversary of the Columbine Shootings.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin/File Tape;]


Rumors of the threat began circulating among Pulaski County High School students earlier this week.
But it only surfaced on the web page yesterday afternoon.
School was closed as a precaution.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:13:21 - :33]
[IN Q=We don't have time]

((DAVID COX/PULASKI CO. SUPERINTENDENT: WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT AND BASICALLY AT THIS POINT I CAN'T GUARANTEE THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND THAT ALWAYS COMES FIRST. :30 AND SO, FOR THAT REASON, WE'RE CANCELING HIGH SCHOOL.))
[SUPER=01-David Cox/Pulaski Co. Superintendent;]
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[OUT Q=cancelling high school.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Investigators have removed the web page and say they're working with the school board to track down the threat's author.
They're also notifying people mentioned by name on the list.
At least eleven Pulaski County High School students have been charged so far this year with making bomb threats.
(XXXXXXXXXXXX)

[Take FS Board]
Once again, only Pulaski County High school and the Governor's School in Dublin are closed today.
(XXXXXXXXXXX)



[8-11Boty-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=tte]
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The county is steadily attracting new industry, but Botetourt County supervisors say the county's revenue is at an all time low.
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]

They're slicing next year's budget by about eight percent -- and only giving the school board about half as much as it wants. That's still a six percent raise for schools. But board members say they need extra money to open the new Greenfield Elementary School.
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[SOT 20:04:17]
[IN Q=The schools are overcrowded]

((THE SCHOOLS ARE OVERCROWDED. WE NEED GREENFIELD TO BE OPEN. AND WE NEED TO KEEP THESE TEACHERS WHO ENJOY DOING THEIR JOBS FOR OUR CHILDREN.))
[SUPER=01-Teresa Maynard/Parent;]
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[OUT Q=for our children]
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County supervisors say they've spent money renovating Lord Botetourt High School, for example, and the new industrial park, and they don't want to raise taxes. They plan to adopt the budget next week.
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[8-11McCadden]


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Independent mayoral candidate Mac McCadden says he was appalled by statements from the campaign of a competitor.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Roanoke]


During a news conference Tuesday, a group of black leaders endorsed Bowers' campaign.
And one speaker suggested Bowers' opponents are trying to divide the minority community.
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[SOT 03:42:05]
[IN Q=I feel I have very strong]

((MAC MCCADDEN/I- CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR: I FEEL I HAVE VERY STRONG SUPPORT NOT JUST IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, BUT ALL OF ROANOKE. AND I THINK A LOT OF THAT'S BECAUSE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND I'M NOT PLAYING PARTISAN POLITICS. I'M NOT OWNED BY ANY ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE. I'M NOT OWNED BY ANY GROUP OF PEOPLE. I AM MY OWN PERSON AND I'M RUNNING THIS CAMPAIGN AS HONESTLY AND AS CLEARLY AS I CAN AND I CERTAINLY WOULD WISH THAT MY OPPONENTS WOULD DO THE SAME.))
[SUPER=201-Mac McCadden/(I)Candidate for Mayor]
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[OUT Q=would do the same.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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In addition to Bowers and McCadden, Republican Ralph Smith and Independent Duane Howard are running for Roanoke Mayor.

[8Weather]


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Let's turn to the forecast now...
Partly sunny and mild with highs in the mid 70s.
Clouding up overnight, with a chance of showers.
Lows in the upper 50s.
Looking ahead....showers likely on Good Friday, but drier by Easter Sunday.
Highs in the 60s and low 70s.
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