Greenfield Elementary school will not open this fall. The Botetourt County School Board voted to give teachers a pay raise instead.
Board members say because of a budget shortfall of almost 600-thousand dollars they were forced to chose between the school or the pay raise.
The Board of Supervisors had recently offered to give the school board more than 257 thousand dollars to open Greenfield.
But school board members say that was not enough money.
In the end the voted 3 to 2 in favor of the teacher pay raise.
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[IN Q=We cut bus drivers]
((JIM RUHLAND/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN:WE CUT BUS DRIVERS, WE CUT OUT A BUS, WE CUT OUT TRAINERS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL. SO WE'VE MADE CUTS ALREADY. WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE MONEY))
[SUPER=01-Jim Ruhland/School Board Chairman]
[OUT Q=the money]
The board will need more than 535-thousand dollars in start-up cost to open Greenfield Elementary.
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. School]
The actions of one Roanoke County School Board member are raising questions.
The controversy stems from a questionnaire school board member Tom Leggette sent to parents soliciting information on the performance of a teacher.
The board will seek an opinion from the State Attorney General on the matter.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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[IN Q=OPENS ON NAT SOUND]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :06]
[SUPER=01-Doris Boitnott/Virginia Education Assoc.; :20]
[SUPER=01-Tom Leggette/School Board Member; :33]
[OUT Q=JD News 7]
(([OPENS ON NAT SOUND]
[IN Q=When I get complaints]
((WHEN I GET COMPLAINTS, I CAN'T TURN MY BACK.))
[OUT Q=turn my back.]
Leggette says it was his responsibility as a school board member to investigate and pass on parents complaints to administrators.
But representatives of the county's teachers and other school board members questioned Leggette's approach and asked if he had overstepped his authority.
[IN Q=He met with the teacher.]
[OUT Q=help improve the system.]
Another issue we'll be hearing more about is the redistricting of attendance zones for the new south county high school. School Board members have decided to hold another public hearing June 20th, before voting on that controversial subject.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))
Hundreds of protestors attacked Peru's election headquarters yesterday.
They broke windows with rocks and sledgehammers, and burnt tires at the front door.
The demonstrators demanded the postponement of the presidential runoff, claiming the vote would not be free and fair.
Police used tear gas and water cannons to clear out the tens of thousands of protestors from Lima's downtown area.
Despite the violence, election officials said the runoff would take place as scheduled Sunday.
Soldiers have found the body of a man who tried to hijack a Philippine Airlines jet with nearly 300 people on board.
Augusto Lakandula's body was found after residents reported seeing a man make a parachute landing yesterday afternoon.
Lakandula was armed with a pistol and a grenade, when he tried to take over the plane.
At one point, he fired a shot inside the cockpit.
He escaped by jumping out of the plane, but apparently separated from his home- made parachute and fell into a forest.
Authorities are still trying to figure out how he was able to get weapons on board.
Martinsville has been the scene of four murders is less than two months.
Two of them happened at the Rivermont Apartments, including one Wednesday night. The victim: 44-year old William Brady Newbill.
Bessie Kent is the apartment manager. A few days ago she started a petition for grant money that would bring a police substation and as many as three officers to the complex.
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[IN Q=We'll atleast have someone]
((BESSIE KENT/RIVERMONT APARTMENTS MANAGER: WE'LL AT LEAST HAVE SOMEONE WALKING AROUND THE GROUNDS WHEN I CAN'T DO IT. THEN I WOULD HAVE SOME HELP TO WATCH.))
((LT. JIM MINTER/MARTINSVILLE POLICE DEPT. : WE'VE HAD DISCUSSIONS. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS IN THE PAST WITH THE MANAGEMENT OF RIVERMONT APARTMENTS. THEY'RE TALKING ABACK AND FORTH TO COME UP WITH IDEAS AND SOLUTION IN REFERENCE TO THE PROBLEMS. AND TRY TO ADDRESS IT AND MAKE IT A BETTER LIVING AREA AND A SAFER PLACE.))
[SUPER=01-Bessie Kent/Rivermont Apartments Manager; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Jim Minter/Martinsville Police Dept.; :10]
[OUT Q=a safer place.]
Seven state troopers have been brought in this month to fight crime in Martinsville-- some of them are helping out at Rivermont.
A late night fire in a downtown Roanoke business caused an estimated 100-thousand dollars in damage.
It happened around 11:45.
Authorities say the fire was contained to the lobby area of an adjoining office accessed from the Downtown Sports Club.
The blaze was quickly brought under control.
There were no injuries.
If you're hoping to set out on the OPEN road this weekend... you'll probably find it a bit more crowded that you'd like.
Triple- A is predicting record travel for the holiday weekend.
More than 28- million Americans are expected to drive distances of at least 100 miles.
Another six million will likely travel by air, bus, or train.
But the holiday excursions will cost you....with gas prices the highest on record.
Investigators believe they have found the cause of Saturday night's walkway collapse at Lowe's Motor Speedway. As Mike Stevens reports, The walkway was built with material
contaminated with calcium chloride-- a main element in salt.
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[SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Charles Manning/Accident Analyst; :20]
[SUPER=01-William Lowndes/Tindall Concrete CEO; :45]
[OUT Q=News 7 Sports]
Wythe County deputies are still investigating a dispute between a landlord and his tenant that turned deadly.
The 65-year-old landlord, James Compton, remains in the hospital with a concussion.
Authorities say that Wednesday, Compton shot 27-year-old Darren Womack twice during a struggle in the front yard.
Autopsy results indicate that Womack died of gunshot wounds to the head and chest.
Compton's attorney says he had been trying to evict Womack for some time and had come to the house to check on his cattle.
No charges have been filed.
A 91 year old man has been indicted on a charge of sexual battery.
Buck Mitchell is accused of fondling a woman- -though his family says it was accidental... because he was feeling his way along a hallway.
Mitchell's daughter-in-law helped us try to determine whether he understands the charge.
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[IN Q=Yeah I know]
((YEAH, I KNOW I TOUCHED SOME OF THEM. DID YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WERE DOING? I COULDN'T TELL IF THEY WERE A WOMAN OR A MAN.))
[SUPER=01-Buck Mitchell/Sexual Battery Suspect; :00]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Mitchell/Suspect's Daughter-in-Law; :04]
[OUT Q=woman or a man.]
The prosecutor says this is not the first time Mitchell fondled a woman at the Salem Rehab Center.
The prosecutor says there have been eight other incidents.
The case has not been set for trial
Three Virgnia first ladies got their hands dirty for a good cause.
[SOT NAT SOT 14:17:09]
[IN Q=Listen! Why don't]
((LISTEN! WHY DON'T YOU COME DOWN AND LET'S PUT THIS INSIDE SUSAN!))
[OUT Q=inside Susan!]
Lynda Robb and Susan Allen joined forces with Roxane Gilmore and Jeannie Baliles yesterday.
"First Ladies Build" is a Habitat for Humanity project.
The First Ladies all put aside politics and picked up hammers.
[IN Q=Believe it]
((SUSAN ALLEN: BELIEVE IT OR NOT...SOME OF THOSE THINGS ARE COMING BACK TO ME. AND I'M FEELING ABOUT THE SAME WAY. OH WHY? WHY DO WE HAVE TO KEEP POUNDING?))
((LYNDA ROBB: ACTUALLY I DID ONE WITH CHUCK IN ALEXANDRIA. IT WAS ONE OF THE OPRAH HOUSES.))
[SUPER=01-Susan Allen/Former First Lady; :00 ]
[SUPER=01-Lynda Robb/Former First Lady; :16 QUICK!!]
[OUT Q=Oprah houses.]
The First Ladies only did this for one day.
For two of these women, it's back to the campaign trail for their husband's U-S Senate campaigns.
This Sunday 33 of the world's best drivers will strive to reach victory lane in the Indianapolis 500.
One of them is a teenage rookie, the youngest in the field.
But as Drew Levinson reports, AGE is not the only factor that sets this racer apart from the rest.
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[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sarah Fisher/Race Car Driver; :22]
[SUPER=01-Eddie Cheever/Race Car Driver; :58]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Mario Andretti/Race Car Driver; 1:24]
[OUT Q=Levinson, CBS News, Indianapolis.]
(NATSOUND CAR ZOOMS BY :01)
When the number 15 car takes the green flag Sunday-it will be the
driver s first start in the worlds most famous race.
Just a year out of high school-this speed demon from Ohio is competing
onthe grandest race stage of them all. This driver is 19-year-old
(SOT SARAH FISHER/RACE CAR DRIVER 7 SEC.)
I M NOT HERE TO MAKE AN ISSUE OUT OF WOMEN IN MOTORSPORTS OR SPORTS IN
GENERAL, I M HERE TO RACE, I M HERE TO WIN AND DO WHAT I LIKE TO DO.
But gender is an issueFisher is only the third woman to compete in the
(NATSOUND CAR :01)
After her parents put her behind the wheel of a midget car when she was
five--her talent and popularity shifted into overdrive.
(NATSOUND SIGNING :03)
Little girls idolize her.
SHE S MY FAVORITE
Fisher says she not a role model.yet.
(SOT FISHER 7 SEC.)
I THINK STEP ONE WAS TO GET THERE, NOW STEP TWO IS TO WIN AND WHEN I
WIN AT IT THEN I LL REALLY FEEL LIKE I M A ROLE MODEL.
Several veterans respect the way she handles a racecar at 220 miles an
(SOT EDDIE CHEEVER/RACE CAR DRIVER 7 sec)
I DON T LOOK AT HER AS A FEMALE RACING DRIVER, I LOOK AT HER AS A VERY
TOUGH AGGRESSIVE COMPETITOR.
(STANDUP DREW LEVINSON/CBS NEWS :07)
BUT-LAST MONTH AFTER A WRECK WITH WORLD CLASS DRIVER ELISEO SALAZAR,
HE SAID SHE SHOULD GO BACK TO RACING WITH GIRL SHE LATER APOLOGIZED.
And Racing legend Mario Andretti not only wondered out loud if Fisher
was up to the challenge-but if any woman driver could be taken seriously.
(SOT MARIO ANDRETTI/RACE CAR DRIVER :08)
THEY VE NEVER PROVEN THAT THEY CAN BE COMPETITIVE YET, I M TALKING ABOUT
WINNING, NOT TALKING ABOUT SECOND OR THIRD, BUT WINNING.
(SOT FISHER 3 SEC.)
I THINK THAT I HAVE A LOT TO OFFER AND REALLY I DON T CARE WHAT THEY
HAVE TO SAY.
Fisher will take the green flag Sunday-one day she fully intends to
take the checkered flag.
Drew Levinson, CBS News Indianpolis.
Patrick returns with Growin It after this.[GROWIN-IT]
Do you look with envy upon those finely manicured greens & fairways of the local golfcourse,
or the carefully crafted pattern in the grass of the outfield?
Well, now you can create the same kinds of striping in your lawn thanks to a new kind of lawnmower.
The Simplicity designed mower has a special roller that helps create the yard design.
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[SUPER=01-Troy Blewett/Simplicity Mowers;]
[OUT Q=The stripes you see]
So if you long for a designer look in your yard, like the intricate detail you see at the ballpark, it can be yours.
Simplicity puts the rollers on nearly all of the mowers they sell as part of the floating mower deck.