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Roanoke City Council member Jim Trout has passed away.
He died shortly before midnight at a Roanoke hospital.
Trout became ill last week at a council meeting, and he later underwent surgery to repair a tear in his aorta.
Joe Dashiell has more on Trout's 30 year political career.
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((Jim Trout was first elected to city council in 1968. He served for a total of 20 years, and was proud of his work on council in five different decades. In 1984, he ran for Mayor.
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((I'VE ALWAYS CAMPAIGNED ON JIM TROUT WORKING FOR YOU AND IT HAS BEEN A DEEP CONVICTION WITH JIM TROUT.))
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Trout worked as an economic development specialist for the Norfolk Southern Corporation before his retirement, and he made economic development the cornerstone of his political career.
He was active in many civic organizations and projects. In 1965, he lead the effort to bring a Jupiter Rocket to Roanoke from Huntsville, Alabama. The rocket stood next to the Wasena Bridge for many years, and he watched in late December as it was moved to its new home beside the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
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((IT'S A VERY HAPPY EXPERIENCE TO HAVE GONE TO ALABAMA IN HUNTSVILLE TO BRING THE ROCKET BACK. NOW WE'RE MOVING IT FOR THE SECOND TIME IN MY LIFETIME.))
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Trout was in the midst of a re-election campaign when he became ill. He was running as an Independent when his campaign was suspended Monday morning.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Jim Trout was was 70 years old.
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers says Trout made history with his service on city council.
And the Mayor says Trout is an excellent example for young people who may consider becoming involved in public life.
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((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: NOT EVERYBODY GETS TO BE PRESIDENT. NOT EVERYBODY GETS TO BE A GOVERNOR OR SENATOR, BUT EVERYBODY CAN HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE IN THEIR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ON THEIR SCHOOL BOARD OR CITY COUNCIL. AND YOU TAKE SOMEBODY LIKE JIM TROUT, AND HE'S AN EXAMPLE OF HAVING THAT WHEREWITHALL AND THE FIGHT IN HIM TO KEEP COMING BACK AND COMING BACK AND CONTINUING TO WORK HARD MAKE ROANOKE A GREAT PLACE. WE ARE BETTER BECAUSE OF HIS BEING HERE WITH US.))
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Danville authorities are looking for a southside man who has been missing for more than a week.
They need your help locating 65 year old Joseph Custer.
He's five feet 10 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds.
Family members are concerned because he suffers from a heart condition and needs medication.
A sixteen year old makes a court appearance today in Washington in connection with Monday's shooting at the National Zoo.
Police found the boy yesterday in the basement of his grandmother's home.
Prosecutors are going to push to have him tried as an
Seven young people were shot at the zoo -- two are still in the
hospital, one in critical condition.
Meantime, the National Zoo reopened today.
Starting today, anyone with 25-dollars can buy videotapes of last year's shooting massacre inside Columbine High School.
The decision by local officials to make the tapes public has outraged the victims'
Manuel Gallegus has the story.
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A LONGER AND REPORTEDLY MORE GRAPHIC VERSION OF THIS CONTROVERSIAL
SURVEILLANCE VIDEO GOES ON SALE TODAY. ANYONE WITH TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS
WILL BE ABLE TO PURCHASE FOOTAGE THAT VICTIM'S FAMILY MEMBERS
SUCCESSFULLY WON ACCESS TO IN COURT. THE FAMILIES WANTED TO VIEW THE
TAPES PRIVATELY...NEVER IMAGINING THAT JEFFERSON COUNTY AUTHORITIES
WOULD MAKE THE TAPES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.
SOT:"THE FAMILIES ARE SIMPLY HORRIFIED THAT PICTURES OF THE LIBRARY WITH
DRIED POOLS OF BLOOD WHERE KIDS WERE LAYING ON THE FLOOR ARE GOING TO BE
PARADED IN THE PUBLIC."
A COURT ORDERED THE JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT TO HAND THE
TAPES OVER ON MONDAY. FAMILY MEMBERS PLAN TO USE THE TAPES TO SUPPORT
CLAIMS THAT POLICE MISHANDLED THE SHOOTINGS AND MAY HAVE ACTUALLY HIT A
STUDENT WITH "FRIENDLY FIRE."
AN ATTORNEY WORKING ON THE CASE SAYS FAMILY OUTRAGE WAS INTENSIFIED WHEN
MUSIC WAS ADDED TO SOME PORTIONS OF THE TAPE.
SOT: Arrington again
"IT WAS JUST STUNNING TO THEM THAT SOMEONE WOULD DEEM IT APPROPRIATE TO
SET A HORRIBLE CRIME SCENE TO MUSIC.:
SO FAR, JEFFERSON COUNTY OFFICIALS HAVE NOT EXPLAINED WHY THE TAPES ARE
BEING SOLD. THEY'RE NOT COMMENTING BECAUSE OF THE LAWSUIT. IN OCTOBER
THAT DEPARTMENT RE-CALLED FOOTAGE OF THE INCIDENT THAT WAS BEING USED IN
A TRAINING VIDEO... CALLING THE RELEASE....."AN EMBARRASSMENT."
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES))
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About 80 New River Castings employees have been recalled and are expected to resume some work next month.
A spokesman for the Michigan company that owns the New River Castings plant said the
company hopes to reopen its finishing department May 8th.
But the spokesman also said yesterday that no decision has been made on whether
to rebuild the rest of the plant.
A gas explosion at the plant in March killed three workers.
A memorial service for the victims is set for Friday.
Volvo has announced that it's merging with Renault (Rah-No) and Mack Trucks. That will make Volvo the world's second-largest heavy truck company.
Volvo will take over Mack plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland and South Carolina.
Analysts say the move secures the company's future... but that the 23-hundred workers in Volvo's Dublin plant may NOT feel an impact.
Volvo's president says it's too soon to know how the merger will affect employment.
Shareholders are expected to approve the deal today.
It's been in the works for 20 years.
This morning, local officials broke ground on a new Blue Ridge Parkway visitor center.
Dubbed "a showplace for the region", it'll be located at Explore Park.
The interpretive center will feature two exhibit galleries, which will help visitors discover all there is to see and do in the region.
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((GARY JOHNSON/BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: IT'LL LOOK AT THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY. IT'LL LOOK AT THE WILDLIFE. IT'LL LOOK AT A LOT OF THE CULTURAL HERITAGE, ALONG AND ASSOCIATED WITH BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, AND THEN IT'LL GO INTO REALLY LOOKING AT THE HISTORY OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
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Virginia's Explore Park is donating the land for the Center, as well as access to existing water and sewer.
A partnership among Explore, Roanoke county and federal officials financed the one-point-eight- million dollars to build the center.
There could be more protests in Miami, as Cuban-Americans angry over the of Elian Gonzalez case plot their next move.
There's talk of a mass protest -- following a strike yesterday which shut down most of Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.
Attorney General Janet Reno was on capitol Hill yesterday explaining Saturday's seizure of Elian.
She may be getting grief on the Hill but she's being deluged with flowers and phone calls at her office.
Still Congressional members aren't happy with her explanation and plan on holding hearings next week.
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((Sen. Connie Mack/R-Florida
"I am horrified that our government would use armed force in a family
home to remove a six-year-old at gunpoint."))
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Elian may soon have
company from Cuba visiting him at the Maryland retreat where he and
his family were moved yesterday. U-S officials say the boy's former
kindergarten teacher and a ten-year-old cousin may arrive from Cuba as early as today.
A report by Families USA finds that prices for drugs that senior citizens use most often jumped higher than the rate of inflation last year.
The report sparked a response today from President Clinton who vowed to add prescription coverage to Medicare to help lessen the burden on seniors.
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is no reason we can't come to an agreement on the details of how to
provide it. Fundamentally again as with so many of the things we deal
with in Washington, this should not be a GOP/Dem partisan issue. It
should be an American issue."))
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The president says his plan is comprehensive and will be optional, affordable and accessible for all seniors.
It's been a little over two years since a U-S Marine jet severed a ski gondola cable in Italy, killing 20 people.
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Today a 40 million dollar settlement for the victims relatives was approved.
Each victim's family will get about 2 million dollars, 75 percent of that paid by the U-S the rest by the Italian government.
Italy is continuing its investigation of the accident -- but the settlement ends all civil litigation.
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The 2001 proposed Roanoke County budget has been unveiled and it includes money for the new South County High School and an increase in salaries.
The total budget is over 267 million dollars -- that's 4 percent more than last year.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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((As construction plans continue to be made on the new South County high school, the budget allocates 1 point 5 million dollars for operation costs.
((ELMER HODGE: WE ARE BEGINNING TO PUT ASIDE THE MONEY NOW SO WHEN THE SCHOOL OPENS THERE ARE NO SURPRISES WE ARE GOING TO BE READY TO GO.))
Economic development is also high on the list.
((ELMER HODGE: THIS BUDGET INCLUDES ALMOST A MILLION AND A HALF FOR ADDITIONAL CONSTRUCTION OF SITES LIKE GLEN MAURY BUSINESS PARK FOR SOME INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES TO LOCATE HERE AND EXPAND HERE.))
The police and fire departments are also getting a piece of the pie. The police department is requesting School Resource Officers to be located in each of the five middle schools. The county plans to apply for a grant or will move its D.A.R.E officers into those positions.
The fire department hopes to lease two pumpers and two ladder trucks for it's departments in the county. More than 600 thousand dollars is being put toward replacing two of the vehicles.
((ELMER HODGE: THE WATER RATES WE PLAN TO REDUCE BUT HOW MUCH WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE BOARD.))
That's thanks to the water contract worked out with Roanoke City.
And county and school employees may be pleased with the proposed budget, it calls for a 4 percent increase in salaries.
Some departments that experience high turn over will adjust the salary by more then 4 percent.
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: AND THERE ARE NO NEW TAXES. THE PROPOSED BUDGET WILL GO BEFORE THE SUPERVISORS FOR A PUBLIC HEARING ON MAY NINTH. TWO WEEKS AFTER THAT THE BOARD WILL VOTE TO ADOPT AND APPROVE THE BUDGET FOR THE COUNTY AND THE SCHOOLS. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))
Black Leaders have raised the prospect of a Virginia tourism boycott.
The N-A-A-C-P says it wants to meet with Governor Gilmore to discuss his Confederate History Month proclamation and other issues.
But, they say, Gilmore hasn't responded.
A national boycott, like the one against South Carolina, would require approval by the national arm of the N-A-A-C-P.
After a seven- month search, Lynchburg has hired a new fire chief.
Cecil "Buddy" Martinette was introduced during a news conference yesterday.
He's a 21-year veteran of the Virginia Beach fire department, the last three years as a battalion chief.
Martinette says he's ready for his new challenge.
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((CECIL "BUDDY" MARTINETTE/NEW LYNCHBURG FIRE CHIEF: I LEAD A LOT BY PULLING, NOT BY PUSHING, THAT I'M HERE TO MENTOR AND I WANT TO CREATE GREAT LEADERS WITHIN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WHO HAVE THE ABILITY TO WORK AND ARE VERY CUSTOMER SERVICE- ORIENTED AND A GOOD QUALITY FIRE DEPARTMENT PRODUCT.))
[SUPER=01-Cecil "Buddy" Martinette/New Lynchburg Fire Chief]
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Martinette replaces chief Fred Mills who is stepping down to spend more time with his family.
Martinette's starting salary is 70- thousand dollars.. his first day will be June 5th.
For the first time ever, Adolf Hitler's skull is on display at an exhibit in Moscow.
The exhibition called "The Agony of the Third Reich" opened today and marks the 55th anniversary of the end of World War Two.
It includes a piece of Hitler's skull - complete with bullet hole from where he shot himself.
Also on display, genuine documents and other items belonging to Hilter.