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A 300 acre fire in Beford county is now contained.
140 firefighters were on the scene to improve the line around the fire.
They're trying to hold the line and cool off any hot spots to keep it out of the nearby wilderness area.
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If it fails and the blaze gets into the wilderness area, crews will be back at square one.
The crew did not have much back-up, since most of the forest service's resources were used to fight larger fires out west.
Virginia Tech's police chief is on paid suspension while the university investigates an employee complaint filed against him.
Mike Jones has been with the department for 30 years and has served as police chief for 10 of them.
Tech officials will not comment on the nature of the allegations against him, except to say that it's a personnel matter.
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[IN Q=It's a serious allegation]
((LARRY HINCKER/TECH SPOKESMAN: IT'S A SERIOUS ALLEGATION. IT'S ONE THAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE SERIOUSLY BASED ON THE NATURE. BUT I THINK IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT THAT THE POLICE CHIEF IS IN A POSITION OF HIGH AUTHORITY AND HAS A STRONG COMMAND OF PEOPLE UNDER HIS PURVIEW AND AS A RESULT THE MANAGING SUPERVISOR FELT THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THE POLICE CHIEF STAND ASIDE TEMPORARILY.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Virginia Tech Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=stand aside temporarily.]
The university says more than one employee made the complaint.
The personnel department hopes to wrap up the investigation quickly.
Violence is escalating in the West Bank, even as a U-S envoy attempts to draw Israeli and Palestinian negotiators closer to a peace deal.
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Palestinians in several West Bank towns threw stones today at
Israeli soldiers, who responded with rubber bullets.
Israeli and Palestinian authorities are blaming each other for the latest skirmishes.
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[IN Q=According to my]
((MAJOR GENERAL MOSHE YAALON: ACCORDING TO MY UNDERSTANDING THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY LEADERSHIP INTENDED TO LIGHT THE FLAMES, THE VIOLENCE, TO INITIATE THE VIOLENCE, BUT O HAVE A CERTAIN CONTROL ON IT, BUT IN CERTAIN CASES, THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY LOST THIS CONTROL.))
((HANAN ASHRAWI/PALESTINIAN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL: THE ISRAELIS HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE PALESTINIANS ARE NOT PUSH BOTTOM PEOPLE. THEY DO NOT GET ORDERS FROM ABOVE, THEY THINK FOR THEMSELVES.))
[SUPER=07-Maj. Gen. Moshe Yallon;]
[SUPER=01-Hanan Ashrawi/Palestinian Legislative Council;]
[OUT Q=think for themselves.]
The clashes were not nearly as intense as yesterday's
violence that killed three Palestinians and injured more than 300.
15 Israeli soldiers were also hurt.
Trial is under way in Hawaii's worst mass murder...
Brian (oo-yeh-SOO-gee) Uyesugi is accused of killing seven co- workers at Hawaii's Xerox Corporation in November.
The prosecution painted oo-yeh-SOO-gee as a disgruntled employee who was angry with his co- workers.
His attorney is using the insanity defense, saying oo-yeh-SOO-gee suffered from a mental disorder diagnosed as far back as 19-93.
The trial will likely take six weeks.
Roanoke Catholic school says a proposal to build athletic facilities at Washington Park could be a win win situation.
Meantime, the NAACP opposes the proposal simply because it could take away from the publics use of the park.
Kate Weidaw explains.
[IN Q=If you look]
[SUPER=01-Richard Wall/Catholic Diocese Attorney; :17]
[SUPER=01-Ryan Niccolls/Roanoke Catholic Student; 1:09]
[OUT Q=kw news 7 Roanoke.]
((If you look at the grounds around Roanoke Catholic School you won't find any space to build athletic facilities. That's why the Catholic Diocese in Richmond proposed using Washington Park.
Richard Wall is the attorney for the Diocese.
((DICK WALL: WE'LL PUT SOME MONEY UP IN THIS PARK. WE'LL DEVELOP A JOINT USE AGREEMENT FOR SOME FACILITIES THAT WILL BE HERE WE CAN IMPROVE THIS PARK SO WE CAN USE IT AND SOME JOINT NEIGHBORS CAN USE IT TOO.))
The Catholic Diocese would contribute 300-thousand dollars to the Roanoke Parks and Recreation to build two athletic fields for soccer and one softball field. The reason for choosing Washington Park was its historical significance and its location to the school. That way the softball team could move its practice from Wasena Park to right down the street.
The opposition to the proposal has come as some what of a surprise to the school.
((DICK WALL: WE'VE BEEN COEXISTING HERE FOR YEARS USING THIS FACILITY WITH CITY PERMISSION OF COURSE AND WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS CREATING ADDITIONAL FACILITIES SO AT THE OUTSET IT SEEMS TO USE LIKE A WIN, WIN, WIN SITUATION.))
Students agree they need more space.
((RYAN NICCOLLS: I THINK USING THE FIELD IS A GOOD IDEA BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ANY PLACES UP HERE TO PRACTICE SO IF THE CITY HAS A PLACE I THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA.))
((KATE WEIDAW: THE CITY IS ONLY IN THE BEGINNING STAGE OF LOOKING INTO THE PROPOSAL THAT THEY RECEIVED LAST SPRING.
THEY PLAN ON HOLDING A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MATTER BUT A DATE HAS NOT BEEN SET. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
Roanoke City Police officers will not only be judged by their peers.
During yesterday's city council meeting we found out it won't just be police officers on the departments' disciplinary review panel.
For the first time-- residents will have an opportunity to take turns sitting on the panel which investigates complaints against police officers.
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[IN Q=To enhance]
[SUPER=01-Joe Gaskins/Roanoke Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=step in the right direction.]
To take part, citizens must complete Roanoke's citizen's police academy.
This also qualifies them to sit in when potential officers are interviewed.
Also -- Dr. Wendell Butler was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the recent death of long time Roanoke councilman Jim Trout.
Butler will serve until the end of June.
[IN Q=I'm going]
((DR. WENDELL BUTLER/COUNCILMAN: I'M GOING TO....AND I WILL MISS HIM. ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Wendell Butler/Roanoke City Council; :00]
[OUT Q=miss him.]
Also improvements to Patrick Henry High school are expected to begin in the spring of two-thousand four.
Improvements to William Fleming High school won't begin until two-thousand six.
More good economic news for Henry County. A manufacturing company is expanding.
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This time it's a motorsport engineering company that needs 50 new workers in its new facility.
Arrington Manufacturing is one of the top motorsport engine building companies in the nation.
It builds Dodge engines for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
The company also participates in a student apprenticeship program that teaches people the skills to eventually work in these high tech facilities.
[IN Q= it's a growing sport]
((JUSTIN HELMS/STUDENT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM: IT'S A GROWING SPORT, IT KEEPS GETTING LARGER. AND ALL THESE TEXTILES ARE GOING DOWN HILL. I WANT TO GET SOMETHING GROWING THEN WAITING LATER.))
((JOEY ARRINGTON/COMPANY PRESIDENT: YOUTH PROVIDES ENTHUSIASM. AND HOPEFULLY WITHIN 6 YEARS OR SO FOUR YEARS WHEN HE REALLY THERE WILL BE MORE OF THEM THAT COME INTO PLAY.))
[SUPER=01-Justin Helms/Apprentice; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joey Arrington/President; :08]
[OUT Q=that come into play.]
The new facility is located at the County's Beaver Creek Business Park.
A Democratic plan to give Medicare a prescription drug benefit is meeting some resistance from Republicans.
The proposal would allow Medicare to cover half the cost of prescriptions up to two-thousand dollars a year.
Republicans say it's too expensive, but some Roanoke Medicare recipients say PRESCRIPTIONS are too expensive.
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[IN Q=People like me]
((PAUL GAGNON/MEDICARE RECIPIENT: FOR PEOPLE LIKE THAT DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER INSURANCE SO NATURALLY IT WOULD HELP ME, MY LIVING WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT BETTER I COULD BUY THE THINGS THAT I NEED MOSTLY.buttbuttbutt.WE DON'T HAVE ANY AIR CONDITION BECAUSE WE CAN'T AFFORD IT.))
((DAVID FLEMING/ROANOKE PHARMACIST: THEY'RE IN DESPERATE NEED OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE LIVING MONTH TO MONTH ON NOTHING BUT SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS AND BY THE TIME THEY PAY THEIR GROCERY AND UTILITY BILLS, THERE IS NOTHING LEFT FOR THEM TO BUY THEIR MEDICATION WITH SO WHAT HAPPENS IS THEY GO WITHOUT.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Gagnon/Medicare Recipient; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Fleming/Roanoke Pharmacist; :15]
[OUT Q=they go without.]
Fleming says many patients who don't take the medication at all or skip doses end up getting sick and have to go to the hospital which costs an estimated four billion dollars a year.
After 20 years, the president of Wytheville Community College is stepping down.
College president Bill Snyder announced his retirement yesterday.
He spent 26 years at the community college... beginning as a Dean of Instruction.
Snyder saw a large increase in enrollment and scholarship funds during his tenure.
He also helped create new campus sites and programs of study.
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[IN Q=The course for the future]
((WILLIAM SNYDER/WYTHEVILLE C.C. PRESIDENT: THE COURSE FOR THE FUTURE SEEMS TO BE SET, SO IT'S A GOOD TIME FOR ME TO RETIRE AND ENJOY SOME TIME FOR MYSELF AND MY FAMILY.))
[SUPER=01-William Snyder/Wytheville C. C. President;]
[OUT Q=myself and my family.]
Snyder's retirement plans include long hikes and teaching his grandchildren to fish.
He'll stay on through January of 2001.
A nationwide search for his replacement kicks off immediately.
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Two months ago, a dispute over who owns the land at Jamestown was finally settled.
On July first, Virginia taxpayers turn over a million dollars to the National Slavery Museum.
But that would just be the seed money for a dream that former governor Doug Wilder first had on an African trade mission in 1992.
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((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: I WANTED TO MAKE CERTAIN I HAD THE LAND AND THE LEASE SIGNED, AND I'M GOING TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND I'M NOT GOING TO MAKE ANY THREATS OR ANY DEMANDS. BUT I'M GOING TO SAY WHERE'S THE PARITY AND WHERE'S THE EQUITY?))
[SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/Former Governor; ]
[OUT Q=the equity?]
Wilder cites the 33 million dollars a year the federal government gives to the U-S Holocaust Memorial Museum.
That's for history that was NOT made in America, he says.
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Tonight at Six, tune in for part one of our series on remembering slavery in Virginia: "Unshackling the Past."
Stars Elizabeth Taylor and Julie Andrews shared top billing today.. but it wasn't for a new film.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth, the Second honored both legendary actresses by giving them the title of Dames.
Fans waited for hours outside the gates of Buckingham Palace to catch a glimpse of the two celebrities.
Both were born in Britain.
68- year- old Taylor was honored for services to the entertainment industry, and for her AIDS charity work.
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[IN Q=It is the most]
((DAME ELIZABETH TAYLOR: IT IS THE MOST EXCITING, AND I DO NOT EXAGGERATE, DAY OF MY LIFE. IT CAME AS A SURPRISE TO ME.))
[SUPER=07-Dame Elizabeth Taylor;]
[OUT Q=surprise to me.]
Sound of Music star Julie Andrews was also happy with her award.
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[IN Q=I'm terribly]
((DAME JULIE ANDREWS: I'M TERRIBLY HONORED, VERY THRILLED AND RATHER SHY, ACTUALLY.))
[SUPER=07-Dame Julie Andrews;]
[OUT Q=shy, actually.]
Both Dames said they were very honored by their new titles.
If you're craving pizza for lunch, get out your stopwatch...
We're about to introduce you to one of the fastest piemakers in the world.
Mike Castellucci reports.
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[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :05]
[Super=01-Dennis Ryan/Pizza Maker; :37]
[SUPER=01-Mike Castellucci/Reporting; :57]
[OUT Q=Mike Castellucci, CBS News, Los Angeles.]
Financial experts expect interest rates to rise by at least one-half of a percent as early as today.
Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan is meeting with the Federal Open Market Committee to evaluate interest rates.
Greenspan has expressed concerns that the country's rapidly growing economy could create inflation.
The economy continues speeding ahead, despite FIVE quarter- point interest rate increases since June.
An announcement on the potential rate hike is expected later this afternoon.