The Roanoke school board has approved a new contract for superintendent Wayne Harris.
It keeps him in charge of the city school system for the next four years.
The decision this morning was an emotional moment for the former Roanoke student.
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((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SUPERINTENDENT: I WANT TO ASSURE THE BOARD THAT THIS IS NOT SADNESS, THAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT MY EXCITEMENT, AND THE JOY THAT I FEEL THAT I WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke Superintendent;]
[OUT Q=serve here.]
The superintendent's new salary as of July first will be 135-thousand dollars a year.
Looking more like a new friend than an old foe, Arizona Senator John McCain endorsed George W- Bush this morning in his bid to win
the White House.
McCain vowed to ``campaign enthusiastically'' for the Texas Governor, who he campaigned against in the primary race just a few months ago.
Drew Levinson has more.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. John McCain/(R) Arizona;]
[SUPER=01-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate; ]
[OUT Q=Levinson, CBS News, Pittsburgh.]
NATZ FULL;(SENATOR JOHN McCAIN)
I ENDORSE GOVERNOR BUSH, I ENDORSE GOVERNOR BUSH... I ENDORSE GOVERNOR
(BUSH) BY THE WAY, I ACCEPT.
LOOSE,RELAXED AND DETERMINED TO FOCUS ON THE FUTURE..THE TWO MEN WHO
FOUGHT A BITTER PRIMARY BATTLE A FEW MONTHS AGO,STOOD SIDE BY SIDE TODAY
"THERE'S ALOT OF AREAS WHERE WE AGREE AND I INTEND TO CONTINUE TALKING
"FOR ME TO LOOK BACK IN ANGER, WITH ANY RANCOR WOULD BE A MISTAKE, WOULD
HARM ME, GOVERNOR BUSH AND THOSE WHO SUPPORTED ME."
WHILE A TRUCE HAS BEEN DECLARED... THESE TWO POLITICIANS WILL LIKELY
NEVER SEE EYE TO EYE ON CRITICAL ISSUES LIKE CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM AND
GOVERNOR BUSH HAS YET TO ANNOUNCE WHO HIS RUNNING MATE WILL BE...
HOWEVER IT'S CLEAR THAT IT WON'T BE MCCAIN.
"I ASKED HIS ADVICE ABOUT THE VICE-PRESIDENCY."
"AND I ASKED THAT I NOT BE CONSIDERED."
FONT; DREW LEVINSON OC;
MC-CAIN'S ENDORSEMENT IS VITAL TO THE BUSH CAMPAIGN. TO BEAT
VICE-PRESIDENT GORE...THE REPUBLICANS MUST BE UNITED AND IN A POSITION
TO COURT INDEPENDENT MINDED VOTERS THAT SUPPORTED MCCAIN.))
A lot of people are dreaming of huge riches as tonight's Big Game drawing approaches. That shouldn't be hard to do now that the jackpot has grown to 350 million dollars.
[SUPER=04-The Big Game;]
The largest jackpot in history will also mean more money for Virginia public schools-- which get lottery profits.
The Big Game jackpot for tonight is projected to hit at least 350 million-- topping a 1998 Powerball jackpot of 298 million.
[IN Q=We are]
((PENELOPE KYLE/VIRGINIA LOTTERY DIRECTOR: WE ARE AT LEAST RIGHT NOW, BUDGETED TO TURN OVER 310 MILLION DOLLARS ON JUNE 30TH. WE'RE HOPING THAT THIS HUGE JACKPOT WILL ENABLE US TO TURN OVER TO VIRGINIA'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS MORE THAN 310 MILLION.))
[SUPER=01-Penelope Kyle/Virginia Lottery Director;]
[OUT Q=310 million.]
Yesterday, the lottery was training workers who will help out retailers today along the North Carolina border -- where ticket sales are expected to create long lines and headaches.
Lottery officials say buy early-- and play responsibly.
Remember, the odds of winning are one in 76 million.
The drunk driver who had an accident and killed three people is being sentenced today.
Timothy Wayne Sayers pled guilty two months ago to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence.
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He'd been drinking, and using cocaine, the day he took his Mustang down Hershberger Road at an estimated 85 miles an hour, and struck a tree.
Three passengers in the car died.
Sayers will get at least three years in prison, and could face as much as 61 years behind bars.
The Henry County teenager who accidentally shot and killed his best friend faces criminal charges.
Authorities say it happened at this home over the weekend.
Yesterday, they charged the 13 year old teen with involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting 13 year old Brandon Lee Moore.
Investigators say the two were playing with the gun, and did NOT think it was loaded.
Students returned to school at Carver Middle. Flags were at half staff and counselors were on hand.
[IN Q=I knew I]
((CASEY PEGRAM/VICTIM'S FRIEND: I KNEW I WASN'T GOING TO HAVE A NORMAL DAY. IT'S JUST WHERE THEY HAVE ALL THE POSTER UP. IT TORE ME UP THAT'S WHAT MADE ME CRY.))
((SUSAN WAGONER/COUNSELOR: WITH THESE KIDS A LOT OF THEM IT'S THEIR FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH DEATH. THEY DO HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS WHY SOMEONE SO YOUNG.))
[SUPER=01-Casey Pegram/Victim's Friend; :00]
[SUPER=01-Susan Wagoner/Counselor; :11]
[OUT Q=why someone so young.]
Funeral services for Brandon Moore will be held tomorrow.
[GRAPHIC=Ingersoll Rand Plant Closing]
245 employees of Ingersoll-Rand in Roanoke County found out the plant is closing.
The company announced yesterday it will be moving to Texas by March of next year.
Kate Weidaw has more.
[IN Q=As employees]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Flora/Employee for 12 Years; :12]
[OUT Q=kw news7 Roanoke County]
((As employees of Ingersoll-Rand left work for the day many said the company's announcement was not a surprise. Bill Flora who has worked in the accessories department for 12 years had noticed some changes taking place.
((BILL FLORA: THEY'RE STOCKPILING THEIR PRODUCT THEY'VE BEEN FUSING FOR THREE YEARS TO GET RID OF THEIR PRODUCT AND NOW THEY'RE STOCKPILING.))
The company plans to transfer the assembly operations in Roanoke County to the company's worldwide Drilling Solutions headquarters and plant in Garland, Texas.
No one from Ingersoll-Rand would go on camera to explain why the company is shutting down but they did release this statement.
"The company reached this decision after a thorough analysis which concluded that today's global competitive landscape requires new strategies for achieving the company's long term commitments."
But what matters to current employees is finding a new job.
((BILL FLORA: THERE AREN'T THAT MANY GOOD PAYING JOBS THAT ARE AVAILABLE MOST OF YOUR JOBS ARE MINIMUM WAGE MAYBE TEN DOLLARS MAX THESE GUYS CAN'T LIVE ON THAT.))
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: INGERSOLL-RAND OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE SET UP A TRANSITION PACKAGE OF SEVERANCE PAY, BENEFITS, AND WILL HELP AFFECTED EMPLOYEES FIND NEW JOBS.
BUT MANY TOLD ME THAT STILL DOESN'T EASE THEIR MIND AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 ROANOKE COUNTY.))
The Marine Corps' latest findings on what caused the fatal crash of a M-V 22 Osprey last month are due out today.
Officials say investigators are close to ruling out mechanical
failure in the crash that killed 19 Marines in Arizona.
They also don't believe the pilot was reckless.
Investigators believe instead the disaster stemmed from a loss
of aerodynamic lift that sent the aircraft into a fatal nose dive.
But an anonymous Marine Corps source says the investigation is still incomplete.
Authorities in the Philippines have released their primary suspect in the "Love Bug" computer virus investigation-- at least for now.
Reonel Ramones is free until authorities can fully look over the evidence removed from his apartment during yesterday's raid.
Police still want to find Ramones' live- in girlfriend for questioning.
Meanwhile, the 28- year- old bank employee told reporters today he has NO involvement with the virus.
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[IN Q=I view my]
((REONEL RAMONES/SUSPECT: I VIEW MY TEMPORARY RELEASE A VICTORY OF SORTS AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT A TOTAL INVESTIGATION WILL RESULT IN MY FULL VINDICATION. ))
[OUT Q=full vindication.]
Investigators say they're decoding a list of 10 names from the F-B-I of people who may be connected to the computer bug.
Conditions are worsening in the African nation of Sierra Leone.
Many evacuees of the country have arrived in Senegal.
British forces began airlifting foreigners out of Sierra Leone's capital after at least four people were killed in gunfire outside the home of a rebel leader.
The U-S Air Force plans to fly in a contingent of peacekeepers.
Meanwhile, West African leaders are meeting in Nigeria to
discuss the best way to restore order.
A woman who was declared "obsessed" with animals by a Circuit Judge was back in court to answer a new set of animal- control violations.
Valery Green sold a Maltese puppy to a woman, after she was ordered not to HAVE animals.
In court yesterday, charges related to vaccinations and licenses were dropped.
Green doesn't want to address the issue of whether the FRANKLIN County court order still applies, now that she lives in Montvale.
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[IN Q=I would say]
((I WOULD SAY I'M AN ANIMAL LOVER WHO HAS ANIMALS AND HOPEFULLY HAS ENOUGH KNOWLEDGE TO BE ABLE TO CARE FOR THEM IN A MORE THAN ADEQUATE FASHION.))
[OUT Q=adequate fashion.]
In court her lawyer referred to Green's "livelihood" as an animal breeder. SHE says it's not a business but a "hobby."
The remaining charges were continued another month.
The State Board of Elections is investigating an anonymous attack ad placed days before the Christiansburg town council election.
Ann Hess lost her bid for one of three open seats on town council by 71 votes.
She was the target of a negative ad placed by a group called "Concerned Citizens of the town of Christiansburg" in the News Messenger, a local paper.
The ad could not be traced to a REAL group.
State law requires that such ads include the name and address of the writer.
The Board of Elections says the ad's writer AND the paper COULD face charges.
Independent congressman Virgil Goode is getting some bi-partisan support in his bid for re-election.
Five Republican lawmakers from central and southside Virginia met in Farmville to announce they want Goode to remain their Congressman.
Most said the District needs someone who's familiar with the traditions and issues facing the area.
Goode says he appreciates the support he's receiving from all sides.
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[IN Q=This is going]
((REP. VIRGIL GOODE/I- FIFTH DISTRICT: THIS IS GOING TO BE A HARD FOUGHT CAMPAIGN AND I HOPE THAT WITH THE HELP AND SUPPORT OF FRIENDS LIKE THOSE BEHIND ME AND ALL ACROSS THE FIFTH DISTRICT, WE CAN BE SUCCESSFUL, BUT IT'S GOING TO TAKE A HARD EFFORT.))
[OUT Q=hard effort.]
Fifth District Democrats will nominate a candidate to oppose Goode on May 20th.
[GRAPHIC=Lewis Gale Clinic]
Lewis-Gale Clinic is focusing on the future.
The board of directors officially severed the clinic's relationship with PhyCor Friday evening.
Doctors say they want to get back to the basics of providing care.
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[IN Q=I think in]
((JON NESS/L.G.CLINIC EXECUTIVE DIR.: I THINK IN THE FUTURE AT LEWIS-GALE CLINIC WE WILL BE LESS FOCUSED ON GROWTH AND MORE FOCUSED ON QUALITY AND MORE FOCUSED ON CUSTOMER SERVICE, IT'S NOT THE SIZE OF THE ORGANIZATION THAT MATTERS IT'S THE QUALITY.))
[SUPER=01-Jon Ness/Lewis Gale Clinic Executive Dir.; ]
[OUT Q=the quality.]
Lewis-Gale Clinic still has six satellite offices at Back Creek, Bonsack, Clearbrook, Valley View, Westlake and after July 31st, Lee Hi.
A set of identical twins graduate from Virginia Tech Saturday, but there is more to this story than meets the eye.
Greg and Grant Vogl are 21-year-old Engineering Science and Mechanics majors.
For the last four years, they've roomed together, studied together and even earned the same four-point-O grade point averages.
With all their similarities, they say it's hard for classmates to tell them apart.
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[IN Q=You kind of develop]
((GRANT VOGL: YOU KIND OF DEVELOP THE SAME PERSONALITY.. BUT WE'RE STILL INDIVIDUALS. GREG: OH YEAH, WE HAVE DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES. .... I'D SAY WE'RE BEST FRIENDS, BUT WE'RE ALSO OUR GREATEST ENEMIES AS WELL BECAUSE WE KNOW EACH OTHER'S FLAWS VERY WELL. WE CAN PUSH EACH OTHER'S BUTTONS.))
[SUPER=01-Grant Vogl/Virginia Tech Senior; :00]
[SUPER=01-Greg Vogl/Virginia Tech Senior; :10]
[OUT Q=push each other's buttons.]
The twins will return together to Virginia Tech in the fall to get their master's degrees.
THIS TIME they plan to live in separate apartments.
It's the last week of rehearsals for the 49th annual Miss Universe Pageant...
The lucky winner will receive her crown Friday night during the ceremony hosted on the Greek island of Cyprus.
And it's probably no surprise, the pageant is considered the island's most popular tourist attraction.
While it's half- a- world away from her native Tennessee, Miss U-S-A Lynnette Cole says she feels right at home.
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[SOT 3:39:47 ]
[IN Q=It's very beautiful]
((LYNNETTE COLE/MISS USA: IT'S VERY BEAUTIFUL AND ALL THE PEOPLE HERE ARE VERY NICE. IN TENNESSEE, WE'RE KNOWN FOR OUR HOSPITALITY, BUT CYPRUS HAS GIVEN US A GOOD RUN FOR OUR MONEY.))
[SUPER=01-Lynnette Cole/Miss USA;]
[OUT Q=for our money]
You can see how Miss U-S-A fairs against the other 78 contestants when the pageant airs Friday night on C-B-S.