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[7-11School-Closing]


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A construction accident has cancelled classes today for some middle school students.
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Construction workers severed a gas line at Peterstown Middle School in Monroe County, West Virginia.
That means no classes today for students there.
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[7-11Mize]


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Her uncle shot her one year ago, and now a 14-year old Henry County victim has some closure.
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[SUPER=03-Henry Co.]


A judge sentenced 47-year old William Edward "Billy" Mize to 51 years in prison for shooting his niece, Amanda Fackler, in the face.
The incident left Amanda blind and with lead poisoning.
She says it's been a long journey and knows there are more challenges to come.
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[SOT 1:50:15]
[IN Q=I'm nervous]

((AMANDA FACKLER/VICTIM: I'M NERVOUS, BUT I'M READY TO GO ON AND LIVE MY LIFE.))
[SOT 1:53:41]

((WANDA MIZE/VICTIM'S MOTHER: SHE ASKS ME QUESTIONS WHY HE DID IT. I DON'T HAVE THOSE ANSWERS. I DON'T KNOW. I CAN'T GIVE THAT WHAT SHE NEEDS AND THAT'S THE REASON WHY? AND I TOLD HER SHE PROBABLY WILL NEVER WILL KNOW BUT SHE JUST HAS TO MAKE THE BEST SHE CAN MAKE OUT OF HER LIFE.))
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[SUPER=01-Wanda Mize/Victim's Mother; :10]
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[OUT Q=out of her life.]
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The family is pleased with the sentence because it's almost a life sentence for the uncle.
Amanda now wishes to become a Braille teacher.
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[7-11Reynolds]


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A man will serve 16 years in prison for a store robbery that turned deadly.
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Lawrence David Reynolds admitted robbing three women at a convenience store in Axton last year.
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./April 1999;]


Reynolds and his co-defendant William Lemayne Murphy say they were in the getaway car while Michael Ramey robbed the store and killed a clerk.
Ramey is charged with capital murder and will stand trial in October.
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[7-11Sayers]


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Timothy Sayers will spend time in prison for a drunk driving accident that killed three people last fall.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The sentencing hearing for Sayers was filled with emotion, even before the ashes of one of the victims were placed on the witness stand.
Mary Beth Deaner said she learned how badly her son was mangled in the wreck only from attending court hearings in Sayer's case.
Each parent expressed- -or tried to express- -something like what Christy Smith's father said.
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[SOT #1 @ 3:30:05]
[IN Q=There hasn't been]

((THERE HASN'T BEEN A DAY SINCE OCTOBER 1st THAT I HAVEN'T CRIED OVER CHRISTY. I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG IT'S GOING TO BE BEFORE I EVER GET OVER THIS.))
[SUPER=01-William Smith/Victim's Father]
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[OUT Q=get over this.]
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Sayers had been using cocaine. His blood- alcohol level was twice the legal limit. The car was traveling between 80 and 100 miles an hour when it struck a tree on Hershberger Road.
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[SOT #5 @ 4:51]
[IN Q=I think about it]

((I HAVE LEARNED A LESSON FROM THIS. I HAVEN'T TOUCHED A DROP OF ALCOHOL SINCE THIS. I CAN'T EVEN STAND TO LOOK AT IT.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Sayers/Convicted Drunk Driver]
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[OUT Q=look at it..]
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Judge Jonathan Apgar fined Sayers one thousand dollars and sent him to prison for 16 years.
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Taking a look now at your mid week forecast...
A slight cool down today with gusty winds and showers possible.
Highs range from the upper 70s to 80s.
Tonight, mostly clear and windy with lows in the low 50s.
The extended forecast...


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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 5/11/00
Thursday:
Anniversary:
[SUPER=130-36th/James & Nancy Underwood/Boones Mill]


Twins:
[SUPER=130-8/Lance & Lisa Barley/Chatham]



[SUPER=130-8/Peter Balentine/Wytheville]



[SUPER=130-21/Joseph Southers/Lexington]



[SUPER=130-26/Kenton VanNatten/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-7/Alex Asbell/South Boston]



[SUPER=130-30/Angela Ellis/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-3/Krystal Akers/Dublin]



[SUPER=130-/Jody Nuckols/Buena Vista]



[SUPER=130-73/Jean Clark/Chatham]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-/Ellen Wheeler/Buena Vista]



[SUPER=131-/Debbie Cox/Altavista]



[SUPER=131-69/Charlotte Lee/Madison Heights]



[SUPER=131-/Barry Gardner/Snow Creek]


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[45-11School-Closing]


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Some middle school students in West Virginia will have a day off today, because of an construction accident.

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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
Construction workers severed a gas line at Peterstown Middle School in Monroe County, West Virginia.
That means no classes today for students there.
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[45-11Gay-Benefits]


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It was a setback for gays and lesbians in Lynchburg last night...
City council rejected a proposal that would have banned discrimination against homosexuals in the city's personnel policy.
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The proposal drew an overflow crowd to council chambers last night as nearly three dozen people spoke out both in favor and against it.
The hearing evolved into a ninety- minute debate over the morality of homosexuality.
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[SOT 13:30:32-:45 #1//13:55:00-:08 #2// 13:44:04-:16 #1// 13:52:18-:29 #2]
[IN Q=Passing these amendments]
[SUPER=01-Bill Connelly/Gay Activist; :00]
[SUPER=01-Stephanie Doty/Supports Change; :14]
[SUPER=01-Scott Tschetter/Opposes Change; :23]
[SUPER=01-David Lytle/Opposes Change; :36]
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[OUT Q=choices people make.]
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The final vote was 4- to- 2 against the changes.
Several council members noted that Virginia's Attorney General has ruled that such a change is illegal and unenforceable.
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[45-11City-Budget]


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Roanoke City Council has decided how it's going to spend its 184- million- dollar budget.
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The new budget includes additional funds for schools and more money for pay raises-- but does NOT include a tax rate increase.
Yesterday-- city council also agreed to meet Monday to appoint someone to fill the vacancy left by councilman Jim Trout's recent death.
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[IN Q=I invite]

((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: I INVITE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE TO SUBMIT BY LETTER TO THE MAYOR'S OFFICE, E-MAIL, THEY CAN MAKE PHONE CALLS TO US OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS WHO THEY MIGHT LIKE TO HAVE TO SERVE ON CITY COUNCIL FOR THIS SHORT TIME.))
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The person appointed would serve on council until the end of June.

[45-11National-Forests]


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A plan from the National Forest Service would prevent road construction on 43- million- acres across the country.
That's encouraging news to the Sierra Club, but it would like more.
The organization says the ban on road- building makes logging more difficult, but doensn't ban logging all together.
The proposal released yesterday
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would keep roads from being built in some 414-thousand acres of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
The Forest Service will hold two meetings about the plan in Roanoke-- the first on May 22 and a public hearing on June 20.
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Time again to check the mid- week forecast...
Another warm one, with gusty winds and highs in the 80s...
Mostly clear tonight, with lows in the 50s.
The five day forecast is calling for a slight cooldown...with a few scattered showers.


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[8-11School-Closing]


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A West Virginia middle school is closed today due to a construction accident.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
Construction workers severed a gas line at Peterstown Middle School in Monroe County, West Virginia.
That means no classes today for students there.
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[8-6-Gilmore-NAACP]


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The meeting between Governor Gilmore and Virginia N-A-A-C-P leaders is set for today.
The leaders of the civil rights organization think it's time to end the annual Confederate History Month proclamations every April.
The national chairman of the N-A-A-C-P says the Governor called him Monday night to discuss a possible tourism boycott of the state.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond/May 1;]


Julian Bond says Gilmore wanted to know where the national office stood on his Confederate Month proclamation.
Bond says Gilmore was NOT suggesting a compromise or trying to "strike a deal."
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Bond says he told the Governor the national board usually follows the lead of the state chapter... as it did in South Carolina.
The N-double-A-C-P has been boycotting that state since January first.


[8-11Elderly-Abuse]


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The Henry-Martinsville Social Services department is under fire for not responding quickly enough to a dying elderly woman.
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A small citizens' group gathered at the front steps of the Martinsville Municipal Building yesterday.
It's calling for a state investigation into social services.
Police records show the agency waited 20 days before removing 75 year old Elizabeth Stolbun from her home.
The victim's husband and son face criminal charges.
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[SOT 15:25:48]
[IN Q=I think everyone]

((MICHELE SMITH/CONCERNED CITIZENS: WE OURSELVES WILL ONE DAY BE IN THAT POSITION WE MIGHT BE DEPENDENT ON PEOPLE TO TAKE CARE OF US. WHEN PEOPLE TREAT US LIKE THIS WE AGENCIES TO NOT LET US DOWN. IT'S OFTEN OUR LAST RESORT.))
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[OUT Q=our last resort.]
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The social services' director, Joyce Martin, says it would not be in the best interest of the agency to speak about the case since it is ongoing.
She would only say the incident was unfortunate and the facts will play out in court.

[8-11Harris]


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A new contract for Roanoke school superintendent Wayne Harris.
The agreement covers the next four years, and raises his salary to 135-thousand dollars a year.
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Harris showed some emotion as he expressed his gratitude to the school board yesterday.
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[IN Q=I want to assure]

((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SUPERINTENDENT: I WANT TO ASSURE THE BOARD THAT THIS ISN'T ABOUT SADNESS, THIS IS ABOUT MY EXCITEMENT, AND THE JOY THAT I FEEL THAT I WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE HERE.))
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[OUT Q=serve here.]
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Harris has been Roanoke's superintendent for seven years.
The school board praised him for several accomplishments, including gains in student test scores and higher pay for teachers.
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Before we wrap up this morning...here's your Wednesday forecast again.
Another warm one, with gusty winds and highs in the 80s...
Mostly clear tonight, with lows in the 50s.
The five day forecast is calling for a slight cooldown...with a few scattered showers.


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